The High Holidays

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The Yeshiva WebsiteThe High Holy Days
A shiur by Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed regarding the high holidays
  • Measuring the Amount One Can Eat/Drink
    I will need to drink on Yom Kippur in shiurim (small amounts at a time to lower the violation). Should I prepare the portions of liquid beforehand in order to not have to measure on Yom Kippur?
  • Teshuva: Don't Expect a One-Shot Deal
    Yom Kippur is less than a week away, and for many of us, its approach is cause for unease and disquiet. Precisely during this period of the holy High Holidays, poisonous doubts creep into our thoughts and hearts: "Last year I asked forgiveness for my sins and errors; I prayed from the depth of my heart; I promised myself I would not fall into the same traps – and behold, it didn't work! So what's the point of all my teshuva [commitment to return to one's true inner self]? Will anything be different this Yom Kippur than last time or the time before?"
  • Faith and Finality
    At the conclusion of Neilah, at the final moments of Yom Kippur, we have a dramatic "Declaration of Faith:" The Chazan says Sh'ma Yisrael, & we repeat it; he says Baruch Shem K'vod Malchuto 3 times & we repeat it; & he then says "Hashem Hu Ha-Elokim" 7 times & we repeat it. What is the meaning of all this?
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Yom Kippur
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Yom Kippur
  • Holiday Memories
    I am taking the liberty of sharing some of my holiday memories with you. Nostalgia can be very alluring, but there is also always a modicum of hard-headed realism that memories of the past always evoke.
  • Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
    Is it universally accepted that everyone in Eretz Yisroel is required to observe two days of Rosh Hashanah? Why do we read the specific haftarah that we do on the second day of Rosh Hashanah? How can our tefillos refer to the second day of Rosh Hashanah as the ‘Day of Judgment,’ when we were already judged on the first day?
  • Rosh Hashana: Types of Teshuva
    In Orot HaTeshuva 11, Rav Kook describes two types of Teshuva - sudden Teshuva and gradual Teshuva
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