Two Yom Kippur Sermons
1. Yom Kippur/Kol Nidrei: Does G-d Need to be Forgiven? Kol Nidrei 1944 In The Auschwitz Women’s Barracks
On Yom Kippur we have a mitzvah to atone for our sins and ask for forgiveness. Since G-d fulfills all the mitzvot, how does — and why would — a perfect G-d atone and ask for forgiveness from us? We find our answer in a heartrending story that happened this night 75 years ago in the women’s barracks of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
2. Yom Kippur/Yizkor: Golden Calf To Buchenwald: Breaking Is Stronger Than Fixing
What is the secret to Jewish strength? Is it physical or spiritual? We discover the answer in a surprising place: an early 20th century all-Jewish soccer club called Hakoah (the power) that won Austria’s National Championship in 1924-25. The secret to true koach lies in the mysterious words G-d said to Moses when he shattered the tablets: “strength to you for breaking them!” Strength is found not in what you can fix, but in what you are willing to break. As Yom Kippur And Yizkor demonstrate.