Sh'ma September 2013: Yom Kippur Liturgy--Complete Issue

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, September 2013

This issue of Sh'ma--which looks at the Yom Kippur liturgy--is designed to help us, individually and as a community, to focus on a fascinating and difficult ritual. The Avodah service, part of a special Yom Kippur musaf, is the ritual reenactment of the moment when the Kohen HaGadol, the High Priest, beseeched God for our atonement. It was the holiest moment of the holiest day of the year, in a place referred to as the holy of holies, and it is enacted by the holiest of our holy people, the Kohen HaGadol. It is then (and only then) that the High Priest utters God's divine name and we, a prostrated people, are cleansed of our sins. We invite you to explore this amazing ritual as we examine the multiple meanings of the word "avodah": work, service, and prayer. One essay explores the closeness of the Hebrew words for "work" and "slavery," and another the porousness of work and the rest of life; several pieces reflect on how work, service, and prayer intersect in the course of our lives as avodat HaShem, (service to God), and avodah she'balev, (service of the heart).

Topic: Prayer, Liturgy, Holidays

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.44/No.702

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Genre: Journal

Identifier: issn:0049-0385

Language: English

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