Yom Kippur/Kol Nidrei: Eviction Notice



Say No to Your Landlord

If you were a guest in someone’s home, and your host told you to leave, what would you do? Would you listen? If you had any kind of manners at all, of course you would.And what if God told you to leave His home – earth, heaven – what would you do? Would you heed His demand?

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. But why? What makes this day holier than all other days? And what practical message does it provide for us here, today, in 2013?

Everyone knows about Kol Nidrei. But a lesser emphasized line we repeat three times after Kol Nidrei, carries the real secret of Yom Kippur: how Yom Kippur infuses us with the greatest power of all – the ability to change God’s mind and our destiny … the ability to find hope in the most hopeless place … the ability to achieve the impossible.

We unravel these mysteries by going to a most unlikely place: the tragic story of Acher – the only person ever labeled with the disparaging name “the Other” or “Someone Else” – one of the greatest Talmudic sages who became an apostate…

Today, on Yom Kippur we learn how to respond to an eviction notice – how not to take “no” for an answer, even when the Boss tells us to leave…

This sermon goes where others have not dared go before. Peppered with spicy anecdotes and unusual Talmudic instructions, it teaches when it is right to buck your boss or landlord … or even God.


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