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Length: 1 hour 5 minutes
There are three distinct parts of our prayers on Yom Kippur that unite when we try to explore the depth of what we are doing on Yom Kippur. We say Viduy, confessing our sins, and repeatedly mention the 13 middos (attributes) of Hashem as part of the selichos prayers, and describe the avodah (service) of the Kohen Gadol in the Beis Hamikdash. On the original Yom Kippur, Hashem granted forgiveness to Bnei Yisroel through His 13 attributes of mercy which He showed to Moshe, who was our messenger, similar to the Kohen Gadol who is our messenger in later times. When we invoke the 13 attributes of Mercy, we come to know Hashem, enabling us to have a close relationship and renewed connection with Him.
Length: 23 minutes
Every day in davening we say the word “chus” in Shema Koleinu, asking Hashem to have pity on us. However, the word chus may have a different meaning, as seen in the story with Yonah and the kikayon (gourd) that was destroyed. Hashem chastises Yonah because he had “chus” on the kikayon-because he cherished it and desired it. When we daven to Hashem, we ask Him for “chus” that He should cherish us and do for us out of His love and desire for us, not merely pity.
Length: 1 hour 5 minutes
Rosh Hashana is the day of the anniversary of creation of man. The entire world stands in judgement before Hashem, but Bnei Yisroel are the only ones to respond with a Yom Tov. Just like Adam did on the original Rosh Hashana we make Hashem the King over us, and express our desire that the entire world should recognize His glory. When we stand in judgement before our Creator, He checks to see if we are advancing the mission statement of the world, with extra compassion because He is the one who made us.
Length: 50 minutes
When we repeat the viduy out loud, we sing it together in a beautiful song. Although it seems strange to be singing a confession, we can learn about the reason from the song of Parshas Haazinu. In Ha’azinu, the song contains descriptions of punishment and difficulty, but it is surrounded with the acknowledgement that Hashem’s ways are perfect and just. When we sing the viduy, we are reaffirming our emunah is Hashem’s righteousness, understanding that everything He does is good for us, and our sins are what makes us unworthy.
Length: 56 minutes
We read Maftir Yonah towards the end of the day on Yom Kippur. The yonah, dove, symbolizes the forgiveness and ability to start anew. We discuss the difference between the Yonah Hanavi and Eliyahu Hanavi, contrasting the tough love and din of the orev (raven) with the softness of the dove. Eliyahu Hanavi called for the din, of Hashem in stopping the rain, and Yonah was upset that Hashem acted toward Ninveh with mercy. On Yom Kippur, Hashem shows us the love of the yonah, acting with a mercy for our sins.
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