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Five Yom Kippur Musings

Thursday, 12 September, 2013 - 11:41 am

As we approach the holiest day of the year, the day on which we have the chance to get up close and personal with Hashem, I wish you all a very meaningful Yom Kippur and an easy fast.

Here are five ideas that I am contemplating in relation to Yom Kippur.

1.      Sitting with Jewish prisoners and talking about Teshuvah and transformation before Yom Kippur is a powerful experience.

2.      Yom Kippur is a good time to explore our horizontal (community) and vertical (Yizkor) connection to our fellow Jews.

3.      Hashem eagerly awaits our reaching out to Him on Yom Kippur.

4.      Ask not (only) what Hashem can do for you; ask (also) what you can do for Hashem.

5.      What is achieved in seriousness on Yom Kippur, is achieved in joy on Simchat Torah.

Bonus: If you have an appreciation for music then you will enjoy Yom Kippur eve services at Chabad Uptown. We have a special treat prepared.

Heartfelt condolences to the Edry family upon the passing of their father/grandfather in Israel on Rosh Hashanah.

Heartfelt condolences to the Krilov family upon the passing of Mr. Morris Krilov.

May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Mr. Alan Krilov expresses his gratitude to the community for their sympathies after the passing of his father. He shared the following with me “It was nice to hear the expressions of sympathy from all those that came. However, those who said the Hebrew passage, to be comforted amongst Israel and Zion, really touched my heart. In fact, even though I did not know the translation, the words penetrated my heart right into my soul. I can't explain the awesome feeling.”

Gmar Chasima Tova,
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

 

Comments on: Five Yom Kippur Musings
9/12/2013

George Haas wrote...

This is a 7 Alya Yom Kippur, since it falls on a Sabbath; making it "special."