Tag Archives: Yom Kippur

Atonement: Participating and Anticipating

Aime Palliere was a Frenchman, a Catholic, who became a Noahide, a non-converting adherent to Judaism. In other words, he rejected the Jesus of his own family and Catholic faith because he was drawn to things he saw in Judaism. … Continue reading

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Superman, Judaism, Yom Kippur

A new blog by an experienced rabbi. And after Sukkot, there will be a wider variety of offerings. Right now, it’s hard to find Rabbi Paul Saal’s blog. He and I will work on fixing that later in the month. … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur Sentiment in the New Testament

From the brother of Yeshua, reported in Josephus and other sources to have been a respected and righteous man in his time: Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify … Continue reading

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Expand Your Confession

Our thinking needs adjusting. The Yom Kippur liturgy is a good challenge to individualist rationalism, as Rabbi Carl Kinbar explains. http://mjti.blogs.com/midrash/2010/09/confession-on-yom-kipper.html

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High Holidays 101: Elul and Its Meaning

Throughout Elul and into the Days of Awe (Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur) and Sukkot (Tabernacles), I will be posting information and inspiration for a wide audience. Because there are so many Bible readers and fans in this great big … Continue reading

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Elul: The Month of Teshuvah

Elul, the month on the Jewish calendar that precedes Rosh HaShanah, begins tonight at sundown. Rosh Chodesh Elul (the new moon of Elul) is a spiritually significant time. It is the beginning of a long period of introspection, increased fervor, … Continue reading

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CLASSIC REPRINT: Reflections on a Yom Kippur Noob Experience

I posted this reflection for last year’s Yom Kippur (2008). I think it is one of my best stories. ………………………… I have been on the path of Judaism for about seven years. Before that, I was learning about Judaism, but … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: A Prayer Banned by the Nazis in 1935

In his Yom Kippur Anthology, Philip Goodman comments on the following prayer: In 1935, when anti-Semitism was clearly evident throughout Germany, Rabbi Leo Baeck (1873 – 1956), who was president of the representative organization of German Jewry, wrote a prayer … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: Assurance of Forgiveness

The first time I saw men beating their chests and prostrating themselves on Yom Kippur, I was scandalized. At the time I was in a Christian setting and I was used to an entirely different attitude towards sin and forgiveness. … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: Philo on the Sabbath of Sabbaths

Philo lived in the days of the New Testament (20 B.C.E. to 50 C.E.) in the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Alexandria had a huge Jewish population, about half of the city, and was also one of the largest cities in … Continue reading

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High Holidays: Should we mourn and repent?

I hear the sentiment often, and from many points of view, that it is not fitting for Messianic Jews to mourn and repent in the High Holiday season. The argument goes something like this: Yeshua died to end the curse … Continue reading

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Elul: Preparation, Reflection, Spiritual Discipline

Tomorrow is the first morning of Elul (the month starts tonight at sundown). Elul is a month of preparation, self-reflection, and spiritual discipline leading up to Rosh HaShanah (sundown, Sept. 18, 2009). The most noticeable custom of Elul is that … Continue reading

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