Rabbi Richard S. Sarason, Ph.D.

Dr. Sarason is Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought and the Associate Editor of the Hebrew Union College Annual. He was ordained at HUC-JIR.

N’ilah: The Concluding Service on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Richard S. Sarason, Ph.D.
January 16, 2014

Yom Kippur is the only day in the traditional Jewish liturgical year to have five services: in addition to the usual four shared with Shabbatot, Festivals, and Rosh Hashanah (evening, morning, Musaf, and afternoon1), Yom Kippur has a concluding service called 

Yom Kippur: Seder Ha’avodah

Rabbi Richard S. Sarason, Ph.D.
October 31, 2013

More than any other biblical mo’ed (appointed time), Yom Kippur is pre-eminently a Temple-based observance.  True, all Israelites were to fast on that day, but the ritual described in Leviticus 16 is exclusively focused on the Temple.  It is about the