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VAYELECH and the Message of Yom Kippur Video

Deuteronomy 31 || Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«As Moses explains to the children of Israel, one of the most devastating ramifications of our backsliding is the self-induced illusion that G-d has abandoned us. But G-d never abandons His children. On the contrary, He yearns for our return. Yom Kippur is our G-d given opportunity to atone for and wipe away our past errors and to return ourselves to G-d’s embrace»…more:

Shabbat Shalom veGmar Chatima Tova
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From Yom Kippur to Sukkot

Temple Talk Radio: From Yom Kippur to Sukkot: Renewal, Joy, and Prophecy

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The Sukkah: Escaping into the Divine Embrace Ushpizin (Guests) in the Sukkah and the Divine Attributes. The joyous festival of Sukkot is approaching, and the hosts of Temple Talk prepare to head into their temporary booths, to bask in the radiance of the Divine Presence and to prepare for a whole new world. Join Yitzhak Reuven and Rabbi Chaim Richman for a special Sukkot edition of Temple Talk that provides special inspiration and insight into this unique holiday. Note: Temple Talk will break for the Sukkot holiday next week and will resume with a new broadcast on October 17, 2017. Chag Sameach to all our listeners»…more:

Gemar Chatima Tova! May we all be written and sealed in the Book of Life!

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Yom Kippur Blessings

Leviticus 16; Numbers 29:7-11 || Isaiah 57:14 – 58:14 || Leviticus 18:1-30; entirely Jona; Micha 7:18-20

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Yom Kippur is a chance to start anew and rewrite our own history with G-d’s blessing. If only we believe in ourselves as much as G-d believes in us, we can not only change our own lives, but change the world, as well»…more:

Gemar Chatima Tova! May we all be written and sealed in the Book of Life!

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Jom Kippur and Sukkot Video Commentary

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Video Commentary by Rabbi Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

    „Yom Kippur, the awesome day of atonement is the Holy of Holies in the dimension of time and soul, the one day of the year in which we can enter our innermost holy sanctum of self, and reemerge, not only unscathed, but cleansed and renewed. Our future and our past is ours to write and rewrite, if we but dare to see ourselves as the blessed creatures G-d intended us.“…more:

Shabbat Ha’azinu Shalom (Deut.32) and Shana Tova

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Parashat HaAzinu – Yom Kippur and Sukkoth Video Commentary

Deutoronomy 32 || 2 Samuel 22

Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

    „Yom Kippur, the awesome day of atonement is the Holy of Holies in the dimension of time and soul, the one day of the year in which we can enter our innermost holy sanctum of self, and reemerge, not only unscathed, but cleansed and renewed. Our future and our past is ours to write and rewrite, if we but dare to see ourselves as the blessed creatures G-d intended us“…more:

In addition Temple Talk Radio: The Secret of How Repentance Changes the Past.

Shabbat HaAsinu Shalom and … may G-d inscribe us all in the Book of Life and bless us all with a good and sweet new year!

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Parashat Vayelech and Shabbat Shuva Video Commentary

Deutoronomy 31 || Hosea 14:2-10; Micha 7:18-20; Yoel 2:15-27

Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

    „It is Moshe’s last day on earth, and as he prepares to part from his beloved people, he also relays to Israel the final two commandments of Torah: the once-every-seven-years Hakhel gathering of all Israel for the reading of the entire Torah by the king of Israel in the Holy Temple, and the writing of a complete sefer Torah by each and every member of the nation of Israel. These two seemingly unrelated commandments together are part of an important message concerning the nature and potential of Shabbat Shuva (the Sabbath of Repentance) that occurs every year during the ‚Ten Days of Repentance‘ between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur“…more:

Shabbat Shuva Shalom and
may G-d inscribe us all in the Book of Life!

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Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre (this year Friday Night Oct. 3)

Kol Nidre – by Neil Diamond

Yom Kippur: Lev. 16:1-34; Numbers 29:7-11; Isaiah 57:14–58:14; Lev. 18:1-30; Micha 7:18-20; Book Jona

The Meaning of the Book of Life – by Rabbi Richman, Jerusalem:
„Time is the marking of change. What folly it is to let time change us by not using time to change ourselves: G-d has blessed us with this year, this season, this day of Yom Kippur By admitting our past errors, by coming clean, by standing before G-d and changing ourselves for the better we can transcend time. We can transcend life itself by taking on the challenge of Yom Kippur, to be ourselves, our true selves, as never before. Gmar chatima tova – May we inscribe ourselves in the Book of Life!“:

Avinu Malkeinu: Our Father, Our King

Avinu Malkeinu – Our Father Our King (sung by Barbra Streisand)
Hear our prayer: We have sinned before Thee – Have compassion upon us and upon our children – Help us bring an end to pestilence, war, and famine – Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth – Inscribe us for blessing in the Book Of Life – Let the new year be a good year for us.

Question to chabad.org: Since it is forbidden to fast on Shabbat, do we fast on Yom Kippur if it falls on Shabbat?

Answer: Your premise is correct; all other fast days are postponed until Sunday when they fall on Shabbat. 1 However, unlike all other fasts, Yom Kippur is not postponed, and is fully observed even on Shabbat. 2 The Torah dubs Yom Kippur, „Shabbat Shabbaton“ — the „Shabbat of Shabbats,“ 3 implying that it takes precedence over Shabbat.
According to chassidic teachings, Yom Kippur falling on Shabbat doesn’t „deprive“ us of the pleasures — eating, drinking, resting, etc. — which Shabbat normally affords us. Rather the extremely holy nature of Yom Kippur accomplishes the same objectives, albeit in a higher, more spiritual manner.


For Your Day of Atonement Chatima tova! – May you be signed and sealed in the book of life!

Eric Martienssen

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Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre (this year Friday Night Sept. 13)

Kol Nidre – by Neil Diamond

Yom Kippur: Lev. 16:1-34; Numbers 29:7-11; Isaiah 57:14–58:14; Lev. 18:1-30; Micha 7:18-20; Book Jona

The Meaning of the Book of Life – by Rabbi Richman, Jerusalem:
„Time is the marking of change. What folly it is to let time change us by not using time to change ourselves: G-d has blessed us with this year, this season, this day of Yom Kippur By admitting our past errors, by coming clean, by standing before G-d and changing ourselves for the better we can transcend time. We can transcend life itself by taking on the challenge of Yom Kippur, to be ourselves, our true selves, as never before. Gmar chatima tova – May we inscribe ourselves in the Book of Life!“:

Avinu Malkeinu: Our Father, Our King

Avinu Malkeinu – Our Father Our King (sung by Noa Dori)
Hear our prayer: We have sinned before Thee – Have compassion upon us and upon our children – Help us bring an end to pestilence, war, and famine – Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth – Inscribe us for blessing in the Book Of Life – Let the new year be a good year for us.

Question to chabad.org: Since it is forbidden to fast on Shabbat, do we fast on Yom Kippur if it falls on Shabbat?

Answer: Your premise is correct; all other fast days are postponed until Sunday when they fall on Shabbat. 1 However, unlike all other fasts, Yom Kippur is not postponed, and is fully observed even on Shabbat. 2 The Torah dubs Yom Kippur, „Shabbat Shabbaton“ — the „Shabbat of Shabbats,“ 3 implying that it takes precedence over Shabbat.
According to chassidic teachings, Yom Kippur falling on Shabbat doesn’t „deprive“ us of the pleasures — eating, drinking, resting, etc. — which Shabbat normally affords us. Rather the extremely holy nature of Yom Kippur accomplishes the same objectives, albeit in a higher, more spiritual manner.


For Your Day of Atonement Chatima tova! – May you be signed and sealed in the book of life!

Eric Martienssen

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Parashat HaAzinu Shabbat Readings and Commentary

Deut. 32:1 -52; 2. Samuel 22:1-51

Pullout of the Commentary by Michael Schneider, Jerusalem:
This week’s portion is the last before the yearly reading cycle of the five books of Moses, the Torah, begins again. It is a one-chapter portion that speaks of the „Song of Moses.“ The first Song of Moses was the „Song of the Sea“ when the people of Israel miraculously crossed the Reed Sea.

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Isn’t it that, while Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused West and Israel of nuclear intimidation on Yom Kippur before the UN General Assembly – click: TimesLIVE » – singing songs is the best answer?

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Now in the last song of Moses we stand once again at the crossing of the Jordan. The first song begins with the 40-year journey through the desert. The Song of Moses is like a last will to his people before his death. Moses begins his song with: „Give ear, O heavens, … and let the earth hear.“ Moses chose heaven and earth to be his witnesses! According to the Jewish sages, if they obeyed God’s Word heaven would bless them (by rain etc.) and the earth by the fruitfulness of their soil (harvest).

We should not forget that Moses is speaking to a new generation that was to enter the Promised Land and not the generation that left Egypt!

In the stanza in verse 7 we read: „Ask your father, and he will inform you; Your elders, and they will tell you.“

According to the promise we find in verses 10 and 11, God will cover you with His wings as an eagle and guard you as the apple of His eye.

Moses, before the Israelites even captured the Land, also spoke of bad times that would come, even an expulsion!

Moses called the Israelites a people of a perverse generation. They served God and the spirit of the world, they were double-minded. But the Lord will have compassion on His servants.

This also was foreseen: „It is I who put to death and give life; I have wounded and it is I who heal.“. The order here is interesting: God first will kill, but then He brings life. Life and healing are the end, not the opposite.

That Song of Moses in chapter 32 has eternal value because in the Last Days they will sing the Song of Moses.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sukkot Sameach

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Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre
Yom Kippur: Lev. 16:1-34; Numbers 29:7-11; Isaiah 57:14–58:14; Lev. 18:1-30; Micha 7:18-20; Book Jona
Avinu Malkeinu: Our Father, Our King

Abstract of the commentary by Michael Schneider, Jerusalem

Commentary:
Already on sunset it starts. Neither eating or drinking is permitted till next sunset. “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God” Leviticus 23:27-28 read more…

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