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Dear Rabbi, I am planning to fast on this Yom Kippur for the first time and would like to have a better understanding of the essence of the day. Rabbi, how would you explain the idea of Yom Kippur so that I can hopefully have a more meaningful experience? Thanks.

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Shalom! As in the case of a hurricane hitting FL, why pray? Is it so we feel closer to Hashem? We as individuals can't do anything about it, but G-d can if He wills it. Why not let Him handle it without our trying to micro-manage it ourselves? What is gained by prayer? Are we showing off to others? To G-d? To ourselves? Is the alternative to sit by with our faith and know G-d does what's best? If so then....why pray? Just have faith? Not that there is anything wrong with "just" having faith. I feel led to pray about this hurricane and I may say a prayer of protection or me shebeirach which is really for the already ill, but why pray at all? We're partners with G-d? Is that maybe part of the reason we pray in such times? Thanks! gut yontiff, Jeffrey Kahn Fayetteville, NC

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Is there any requirement to toss bread in the water during Tashlich? In recent years, I have heard a lot of people say that tossing bread in the water is ecologically bad, and that pebbles or leaves should be substituted.