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Yom Kippur Infographic

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Infographic: Yom Kippur: the Day of Atonement

Published: September 9, 2013


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(7) Jewish Mom, September 30, 2014 8:02 PM

teshuva - a practical plan

The fourth step of teshuva, as is written in this infographic, is resolution: make a firm commitment not to repeat the harmful action. I'd like to add that a firm commitment includes a practical plan how to avoid repeating the harmful action. Many of us are in a rut when it comes to our weaknesses and it will take a lot more than a firm resolution to keep us from falling back into our bad habits. We must have a plan! We need to analyze what brought us to this negative behavior, what our triggers are, what we will do when the trigger goes off again, or how can we avoid a situation that will bring on the trigger, what will we do if we slip (such as a penalty that will be a strong motivator to keep to our firm commitment). Step #4 of teshuva takes a lot of thoughtful planning, without which, it is not complete or effective in the long term.
Gmar chatima tova lechol Beit Yisrael.

(6) Anonymous, September 29, 2014 12:07 PM

Thanks!

This is super helpful! Thank you so much for posting it!

(5) Ella, September 14, 2013 12:16 AM

I believe & think this is one of the most beautiful Holy day & event.I would love to know more about all of the Holy festivals.

(4) shlomo, September 13, 2013 3:45 PM

Leather Prohibitiom

In the book of Leviticus, the Torah commands us to “afflict” ourselves on Yom Kippur. Why? Two reasons:

On this day, when our connection to G‑d is bared, we are compared to angels, who have no physical needs.
We afflict ourselves to demonstrate the extent of our regret for our past misdeeds.
The rabbis determined that “affliction” means that we are to deny ourselves certain luxuries, including wearing leather footwear. Leather shoes were considered a comfort until recent times, when it became possible to manufacture comfortable shoes of other materials.

(We also afflict ourselves on Tishah B’Av, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temples. Leather footwear is not worn on that day either.)

On a mystical level, wearing leather is reminiscent of the primordial sin committed by Adam and Eve, after which G‑d outfitted them in garments made of skins (Genesis 3:21). On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we don’t want to do anything that recalls this sin. (Similarly, we also refrain from wearing gold on Yom Kippur, so as not to recall the sin of the Golden Calf.)

(3) Roger, September 12, 2013 6:06 PM

Wearing leather shoes?

Why the prohibition?

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