Yom Kippur Themes and Theology

Yom Kippur Theology and Themes

The 10 Days of Repentance, are the window of opportunity for the human dynamic to influence the Divine decrees. On Yom Kippur we make our final plea to God.

Judaism and Repentance

Jewish thinking tries to strike a balance between responsibility and forgiveness.

Is Forgiveness Necessary?

Righting a wrong requires two parties.

Averting the Severe Decree

The appearance of three word phrases in the Unetaneh Tokef prayer teaches that deeds must follow thought.

The Jewish View of Sin

Each person has the inclination to do both good and bad.

Elevating Sin

Acknowledging sins allows for individual purification.

The Double Purpose of Yom Kippur

We must be cleansed from the polluting effects of sin.

Spiraling Towards Repentance

There are five factors in teshuvah (repentance), each of which can be a starting point for the entire process.

Last Chance

Yom Kippur culminates the process of repentance begun before Rosh Hashanah.

What is Sin?

A modern interpretation of sin and repentance.