The Torah of the New Year: The Yom Kippur Avodah as a Template for Spiritual Practice 

Date: Sep 19, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning | Public Lectures and Events

Location: Online

Category: High Holiday Learning Online Learning Public Lectures & Events

The Yom Kippur Avodah (Temple Rites) as a Template for Spiritual Practice 

Tuesday, September 19, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Part of our fall holiday learning series, The Torah of the New Year 

With Rabbi Eliezer Diamond

It is generally thought that the Yom Kippur Haftarah taken from Isaiah is supposed to be read as being in tension with the Torah reading from Aharei Mot (Leviticus 16).  While the Torah reading focuses almost exclusively on the rites performed by the High Priest in the Temple on Yom Kippur, Isaiah declaims that the ritual piety without social justice and Shabbat observance is nothing more than worthless hypocrisy. 

While this observation has merit, it can encourage the view that ritual has no ethical or spiritual content. In this session we will see that the Avodah, the Temple rites, can indeed serve as a model for a life of spiritual discipline. 

If you have previously registered for another session in this series, your registration admits you to all sessions in the series, and you may attend as many as you’d like. 

Note: The Zoom link for this session will be in the confirmation email that you receive after you register. 

About the Series

The Torah of the New Year 

September 6, 12, 19, & 26, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET 

Join JTS faculty for a close reading of several of the biblical texts that we read during the fall holiday season. Discover new insights into these readings and reflect on what meanings they hold for us today.