Yamim Nora’im – Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur

The Yamim Nora’im is a very special time. This is when Jews everywhere get really serious – about life, about how we live our lives and how we relate to God.

Here is something that will speak to children and to adults as well.

The King and His Son: A Parable for Children

This new essay has been incorporated into “Essays for Elul, the Yamim Nora’im and Sukkot.” The anthology (the link appears below) is 85 pages (A4 size – equivalent of a 125 page book) is filled with Chassidic insights, ideas from Rav Soloveitchik, a two-page Vidu’i that you can print out and take with you on Yom Kippur, and a set of insights to share and discuss with other about the Ushpizin during Sukkot, and much more. Here is the table of contents:

The Month of Elul

Elul Is a Virgo

“LeDavid HaShem Ori” and the Month of Elul

The Altar, the Blood and Repentance

Three Teshuvah Tales

Some Things to Think About Before Yom Tov

Rosh HaShanah

As Good and as Sweet as Honey

The Crying of the Shofar

The Malkhi’yot of Rabbi Yochanan ben Nuri

Why Isn’t Vidu’i Recited on Rosh HaShanah?

Shofar and the Avot

The Secrets of the Shofar

Two Short Notes about the Rosh HaShanah Prayers

The King and His Son: A parable for Children

The Ten Days of Repentance

Out of the Depths: Tehilim 130

Erev Shabbat Shuva Dvar Torah

Yom Kippur

The Teshuvah Transformation

The Vidu’i

Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

The Water Libations and the Rejoicing at the Drawing of the Water


Outside and Inside the Sukkah

How Can the Sukkah Represent the “Clouds of Glory”

Thoughts to Share about the Ushpizin

A Simchat Torah Dvar Torah

Setting the Tone for the Entire Year

The Letters, the Parchment and Simchat Torah

Please feel free to share the contents with friends, students and colleagues. As always, your comments are welcome. Over time new essays and Divray Torah for RoshHaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot will be posted.

Here is the link to the pdf:




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