Q & A

Yom Kippur

Do we observe the Yom Kippur fast on Shabbat?

Question: Since it is forbidden to fast on Shabbat, do we fast on Yom Kippur if it falls on Shabbat? Answer: We do fast when Yom Kippur coincides with Shabbat (this being one of the differences between Yom Kippur and other fasts). Since Yom Kippur is a biblical fast, and the Torah calls it “Shabbat Shabbaton” – the Shabbat of Shabbats – this implies that it takes precedence over Shabbat.…

Why Sacrifices?

In light of this week’s Torah portion Vayikra, I thought I would post this question about the sacrificial system for you to meditate on… Question: Can I ask you why YHVH asks for sacrifices?  If he cannot change, how can he change this system of death He gave? Some say he did change it, and Jesus…