Yom Kippur / Face to Face With God

Yom Kippur, argues Rabbi Elazar, provides atonement only for 'sins committed against God' - sins that were committed 'before the Lord.' It does not provide atonement for those categorized as 'sins committed against another person.'

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The latter part of the Babylonian Talmud’s Tractate Yoma describes the process of a person’s atonement on Yom Kippur, and culminates in a learned dispute between two rabbis over the interpretation of a single...