The Confession of Sins on Yom Kippur Responsa in a Moment: Volume 6, Issue No. 1, September 2011


What are the sources for the viduy or confession of sins [note]Saul Lieberman, Hellenism in Jewish Palestine, New York, 1950, p. 140, note 11, says that the original meaning of viduy is "declaration".[/note] on Yom Kippur?  Must we recite the very long confession of sins which is found in the Mahzor?

Blessing and Atonement: Blessings, Honoring Parents, Atonement and Closeness


If we stop a moment to think back and ask ourselves how our Jewish identity has been formed by our individual experience, what has influenced us to keep the tradition of our ancestors, and in rare cases to join the Jewish people in order to become part of its national and religious life – in most cases, we probably will recall childhood memories of our parents, who guided us to continue in their way of life. We each have our own childhood memory, distant or recent.

Is it Permissible to Change the Wording about the Sacrifices in the Middle Blessing of the Musaf Service? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 5, Issue No. 3, January 2011


In light of the fact that many modern Jews do not feel comfortable asking God to restore the sacrificial service in the Temple, is it permissible to change the wording of the middle blessing of the Musaf service which asks God to restore the sacrificial system? This responsum is based on my lecture at the conference “The Actuality of Sacrifice” which took place at the Schechter Institute on January 9, 2011.

Why do Some Jews Recite a Special Verse at the End of the Amidah? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 4, Issue No. 5, April 2010


There is a custom to recite a special verse at the end of the Amidah (the Silent Devotion) which begins with the first letter of one’s Hebrew name and ends with the last letter of one’s Hebrew name. Where can one find a list of these verses and what is the origin of this custom?