THEMES of Featured Laws & Customs

Yom Kippur Climax
Before Ne'ilah, the fifth and final prayer on Yom Kippur, pace yourself….
The Baal Shem Tov taught to recite the prayers of Mincha on Yom Kippur without great concentration, so that Ne'ilah [the crucial closing prayer] can prayed with great devotional concentration.
The Dynamics of Forgiveness
If we cannot truly forgive another in our heart, we cannot get close to the Creator.
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.
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