What is the source for the idea that fast days are not only for fasting and remorse on the past, but also for prayer and repentance for the future?
Brachos 28b Shmuel Hakattan coined the Bracha of V'Lamalshinim. Brachos 10a mentions a story where Rabbi Meir was being bothered by people and prayed for their demise. His wife Bruria tells him do ...
Why do we strike ourselves when confessing sin either during shmoneah esrei or viduy?
If Rosh Chodesh is a "Zeman Kapara" (time of atonement) as we say in the Mussaf prayers, why does it contain no selichot and no tachanunim? Why doesn't it (the day of Rosh Chodesh itself) resemble Yom ...
If a doctor tells a person that he is certain to die shortly (e.g., within one hour), what should that person do during his remaining minutes?
During the עשרת ימי תשובה we make insertions into the שמונה עשרה, each of which contains the word לחיים, meaning "for life." What is the source for insisting on pronouncing it "zachrenu l'chayim," ...