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September 10, 2021 69 min

This morning (9/10/21) in our "Machshavah Lab" series for women, we revisited an old question: What is the difference between the year-round mitzvah of vidui (confession) and the special mitzvah of vidui Yom ha'Kippurim? After reviewing the facts and noting the differences, we develop an approach for understanding those differences - based on a Rambam in the Moreh ha'Nevuchim, but inspired by an encounter I had with a bear in southern Washington state. Although we didn't answer all of our question, we did develop a solid approach which (God willing) can help us to gain more out of our Yom ha'Kippurim.

For an alternative approach to this topic, see my article from 2017 entitled Yom ha'Kippurim 5778: Vidui Yom ha'Kippurim.
This week's Torah content has been sponsored by an anonymous donor in gratitude to the YBT community for being so welcoming to the new guys, and to the "old" guys.
רמב"ם - ספר המדע, הלכות תשובה א:א; ב:ו-ח
רמב"ם - ספר אהבה, נוסח וידוי יום הכיפורים
מורה הנבוכים ג:לה-לו
הלכות תשובה ה:א-ב
Solzhenitsyn – The Gulag Archipelago
הלכות תשובה ג:ד
אבודרהם – סדר תפלת יום הכיפורים
נוסח כל נדרי
אבות ב:א
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