18th May 2009
24th Lyar 5769
Leviticus 23:26-32
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 27 Mark, the tenth day of this seventh month is the day
of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: you shall practice self denial, and you
shall bring an offering by fire to the LORD; 28 you shall do no work throughout the day. For it
is a Day of Atonement, on which expiation is made on your behalf before the Lord your God.
29 Indeed, any person who does not practice self - denial throughout that day shall be cut
off from his kin. 30 and whosoever does any work throughout that day, I will cause that
person to perish from among his people. 31 Do no work whatever; it is a law for all time,
throughout the ages in all your settlements. 32 It shall be a sabbath of complete rest for you,
and you shall practice self - denial; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to
evening, you shall observe this your sabbath.
The Day of Atonement
Graphics by George Hobbs - Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur
Rabbi Druckman:
Repentance is a
Return to Man's
..He explained
that HaShem (G-d)
created Man without
sin and that on the
month of Elul, Man
must return to his “root
The Doctrine of
Repentance In
matrimony between
psychology and
Christianity has
created an unholy
alliance which is
producing some
strange children that
are permitting,
promoting, and
preaching deceiving,
dangerous, and
damnable false
Said Rabbi Eliezer:
"Repent one day
before your death."
His disciples asked
him, "Does a person
then know which day
he will die?" Said he
to them, "How much
more so should he
repent today..."  
Talmud, Shabbat 153a
Rabbi Schneur Zalman
of Liadi..
A common
misconception is that
("repentance") is
simply an antidote to
sin, and thus applies
only to sinners and
lowly people. In truth,
teshuvah is the soul's
return to and
restoration of its
original purity, and
applies to every soul
that has descended
into the human state..
Atonement or repentance first took on its biblical meaning when Moses plead
forgiveness to God at Sinai. Moses descended Sinai for the first time having being given the
Torah by God to find the golden calf being worshiped by the Israelites ( Ex 32: 1-20 ). The next
day Moses plead with the Lord to forgive them. He then went back up Sinai to have the
second set of tablets inscribed by God and returned 40 days and nights later. When he
returned for the ' second '  time it was on the 10 Tishrei, Yom Kippur the day of atonement.
The eternal day of forgiveness for our sins. Also a day of fasting. The 40 days prior to this
when moses was being taught the Torah before he descended, has now become a period of
" Teshuvah " or repentance as we approach Yom Kippur

  • If you love me, you will keep my commandments John 14:15

When the Temple stood, the special service performed was by the Kohen Gadol. This is
when the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies at certain times to carry out sacrificial
duties. Although this is the final day of repentance it is the day that Yeshua HaMashiach, the
Jewish Messiah will return some future year

  • John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
    manifest, that they are wrought in God.

This is known as the day of redemption. The scriptures or Torah identify this day, Yom Kippur
or the Day of Atonement as the day when the Shofar is sounded. However it seems to
specifically sounded as part of the fiftieth year Jubilee celebrations. Being Holy, as well as
keeping the Mo'eds (appointed times), morality eating and Torah study, also involves
cultivating and keeping the land as commanded in the scriptures

  • Lev 25:8 “‘Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the
    seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. 9 Then have the Shofar
    sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement
    sound the Shofar throughout your land. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim
    liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you
    is to return to your family property and to your own clan. 11 The fiftieth year shall be a
    jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the
    untended vines. 12 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken
    directly from the fields.

Self denial or fasting is not to punish but rather to elevate oneself to a higher heavenly realm.
The heavenly court or angels who are in a state constance, reside with God and do not have
the need for either food or drink. Fasting or denial on the appointed days such as this mean
that we deny ourselves in order to limit our normal bodily functions in order to bring oneself
closer to God. The passage above states that their is punishment of being cut off from his
people for not fasting. The punishment for working on that day is to be destroyed. Though not
death, being destroyed could mean different things

The priestly service and ordinances surrounding the Day of Atonement are read in the Torah
Acharei Mot

  • Lev 16:2 The Lord said to Moses "Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come at will
    into the Shrine behind the curtain, in front of the cover that is behind the arc, lest he
    die; for I appear in the cloud over the cover

Acharei Mot "After the Death"
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