Yom Kippur: A Feast of Light

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Zohar Class With Eitan Yardeni

Yom Kippur: A Feast of Light

Published: December 12, 2013
Originally recorded: September 6, 2010

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Lesson Highlights

  • The big picture of the holidays of Libra 
  • The ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur provide the opportunity to cleanse our negativity & judgment
  • All the holidays offer precise technology to help us retain energy
  • The seven days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and how they affect our year
  • Yom Kippur: immersion into a spiritual Mikveh of mercy    
  • Appreciating this enormous gift of Binah energy
  • The Opponent's attempts to undermine our certainty
  • Connecting with enthusiasm
  • The five restrictions of Yom Kipur: disconnecting from the physical to connect to the spiritual cleansing
  • Two aspects to food: physical and spiritual
  • Eating extra the day before Yom Kippur is considered as fasting for two days according to Rav Isaac Luria
  • Create a vessel for the spiritual energy we receive on Yom Kippur through the extra food on the day before
  • Cleansing of vows with the Kol Nidrei: the power to cancel all decrees against us based on the previous year and the last ten days
  • Entering Yom Kippur with a clean slate
  • The five spiritual meals of Yom Kippur: Arvit, Shachrit, Musaf, Mincha and Neilah
  • The Ari calls each connection a meal to indicate we are not suffering but receiving powerful nourishment
  • The Opponent controls 364 days of the year, but has no control on Yom Kippur
  • Yom Kippur offerings in the Holy Temple: The scapegoat and the sacrificial offering
  • Connecting to the purity of the High Priest
  • Locking out the Opponent in the coming year
  • Strengthening a positive connection with excitement

Lesson Description

Eitan transforms our understanding of Yom Kippur from a day of somberness to a day of profound joy. It is a day when our Opponent is not present to interfere with our connection to the energy of all goodness, mercy and pure desire. The kabbalists of history relate Yom Kippur to a spiritual mikveh (ritual bath) which provides a powerful cleansing from negativity. The quality of our year ahead may well depend on our enthusiastic embrace of the Kabbalistic tool known as Yom Kippur.

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