Course Description

In this short course we will analyze and discuss a number of critical themes and prayers that are dealt with in the Yom Kippur Machzor with a focus on ethical and moral issues and our relationship with the Almighty

Rabbi Steven Weil

Rabbi Steven Weil is the Senior Managing Director of the Orthodox Union. The son of German “Viehhaendler”, Rabbi Weil grew up on a cattle farm in Upstate New York. His love for learning began early, and as a teenager prevailed upon his parents to send him away to Yeshiva. He continued his education at Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshiva University, concurrently completing his ordination at the Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan Theological Seminary and a Master’s in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Rabbi Weil began his career teaching, and then began pulpit work; first at the Young Israel of Oak Park, Michigan and then at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, California. In both positions he significantly expanded the synagogue’s membership and programming and was involved in serving the needs of the greater community as well. In 2009 he became the chief executive officer of the Orthodox Union. Rabbi Weil is a master educator, popular teacher and lecturer, having delivered invocations for former President Bush, Governor Schwarzenegger as well as Speaker John Boehner and the House of Representatives among others. He has served internationally as scholar-in-residence on land and on sea, and is a passionate advocate for Israel and for Jewish education. Rabbi Weil resides in New Jersey with his wife and seven children.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Kapparah vs Taharah: Forgiveness vs. Purification

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  • 2

    Avinu-Malkeinu: Our Father, Our King

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  • 3

    Man Angel - Man Maggot: The Grandeur & Majesty of the human condition vs. the whimsical contradictory & the lowly human being.

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  • 4

    Next Year In Jerusalem

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  • 5

    Maftir Yonah - The Universal Nature of Yom Kippur

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  • 6

    The Theme of Neilah that reflects the theme of Yom Kippur

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  • 7

    Scapegoat: The most perplexing aspect of Yom Kippur

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  • 8

    The Shofar at Neilah

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  • 9

    The Order of Confession

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  • 10

    The Short Confession vs. The Long Confession

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  • 11

    The Private Confession vs. The Public Confession

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  • 12

    The 13 Attributes of Mercy

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5 star rating

Very informative

Karen Williams

In an hour, I gained a whole new perspective on the Yom Kippur prayers. Thank you.

In an hour, I gained a whole new perspective on the Yom Kippur prayers. Thank you.

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