CLICK HERE for Article Summaries of Editor's Favorites

One from each genre

Shell Games
Shell Games
The Holy Ari
Part of the Yom Kippur sacrificial ritual in the Tabernacle and Holy Temple was sending a goat chosen by lot to be thrown off Azazel, a desert cliff, to its death.

'Satan' rejoices over the additional power granted him through this goat. But in truth, Sam-kel has been tricked by virtue of our repentance and has lost that portion of divine beneficence that was granted to him.
Uttering the Holy 42-Letter Name
Mystical Classics
"For on this day he (the High Priest) will provide atonement for you to purify you; before the L-rd, you shall be cleansed from all your sins."

The High Priest used the 42-lettered Name of G-d during his prayer in the Holy Temple on Yom Kippur. However, even as the High Priest started to form the letters of this Divine Name with his lips, he immediately "swallowed" it, not allowing the fully formed word to escape and become contaminated by the air around him.
Purifying the Holy of Holies?
Chasidic Masters
The teshuva we do throughout the year is suspended until Yom Kippur, when the light from the level of Holy of Holies cleanses the blemishes in the soul. Since each of the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur corresponds to another aspect of the soul, if one devotes oneself thoroughly to teshuva in these days, the purification one experiences on Yom Kippur is complete and all judgments are sweetened.
The Essence of THE Day
Contemporary Kabbalists
Yom Kippur is the day of Divine pardon and forgiveness. The atonement obtained on this Holy Day of Atonement does not result from one's repentance and self-purification but from its nature emanating from G-d Himself.
From the Depths
Ascent Lights
G-d is close to every Jew during the "Ten Days of Repentance" which begin on Rosh Hashanah. This knowledge and innate feeling helps each person make a greater effort to also come closer to G-d, reaching a level of connection akin to the level that Moses reached on Mt. Sinai.
The Boiling Lead Treatment
Mystic Story
The Dynamics of Forgiveness
Laws & Customs
There is an important custom before Kol Nidre for everyone to forgive everyone else for whatever wrongs they may have committed against us. When one forgives everyone else, then G-d can forgive him as well. Lack of forgiveness prevents one from getting close to G-d.
Related Topics

The larger, bold text is the direct translation of the classic text source.

The smaller, plain text is the explanation of the translator/editor.
Text with broken underline will provide a popup explanation when rolled over with a mouse.