8:00pm: Is It Acceptable to Ask Forgiveness via Social Media & Other Intriguing Yom Kippur Questions

The topics in this week’s 371st episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include: 

  • Lessons from Vov Tishrei 
    • Why is respecting parents such a great mitzvah?
    • What is the connection with the Ten Days of Teshuvah?
    • Why did the Rebbe honor his mother by analyzing and explaining Rashi?
  • What can we learn from 9/11?
    • How crumbling structures lead to greater growth
  • Chassidus applied to Yom Kippur
    • Why is it the holiest day of the year?
    • On the high holidays who serves as our lawyer to defend us in the heavenly court? 
    • Can we follow a Yom Kippur service via zoom?
    • What is the connection between Yom Kippur and the golden calf?
    • Why was only the kohen gadol allowed to enter the kodesh kadoshim and only on Yom Kippur?
    • Who cleaned the Holy of Holies, and could they tell us what it looked like inside?
    • How does throwing a goat off a cliff to its death atone for our sins?
    • If Moshiach comes before Yom Kippur will we need to fast?
  • Laws and customs
    • Is it acceptable to ask forgiveness via social media?
    • If all our actions are predetermined, why are we responsible to ask forgiveness for sins?
    • What are the origins of the kapparot ritual? 
    • Why did the Rebbe distribute honey cake before Yom Kippur and how can we maintain this tradition after Gimmel Tammuz? 
    • Why do we wear a white tunic (kittel) on Yom Kippur?
    • Why do we fast over 25 hours on Yom Kippur, when a day is only 24 hours?
    • Why are marital relations forbidden on Yom Kippur?
    • Is using a caffeine suppository on Yom Kippur cheating?
  • Prayers
    • Why is Al Cheit said in the plural?
    • Why do we read the book of Jonah on Yom Kippur?
    • If singing Napolean’s March signifies that we have won the war even before the battle has begun, why don’t we sing it at the beginning of the day, before Kol Nidrei?
  • Chassidus question: What is the connection between Yom Kippur and the 15th of Av?

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