Power and Atonement
I always struggle with Yom Kippur services. One of the things I atone for, year after year, is that I am a little judgmental about people who only show up to synagogue for the High Holy Day services.
BY: Malachi Kosanovich
And for one moment, we are not alone in our pain. We are not alone in our regret.
It is a statement so much more powerful than any petty, childish feelings about who shows up every Friday night and who doesn’t. It is a statement much more important than who is wearing what and how many of my tattoos are showing. It is a statement of communal pain that will be forgotten all too quickly.
For one moment, we will be a community. We will be a people. We will stand with each other’s pain. We will understand what it means to be a nation accountable to G…d and each other. We will pray that next year we will have less to atone for. And for many of us it will be true.
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