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A Yom Kippur Prayer for Anyone Feeling Left Out or Left Behind

Yom Kippur is ultimately a joyous day, promising forgiveness, atonement and reconciliation for all who seek it. But in classically Jewish fashion, the attainment of such things hinges on genuinely confronting and addressing our deepest fears, angers and hurts. Yom Kippur, as one of my nephews remarked when I explained this to him, is not for “wusses.”
That is true, I responded, but it does work. And by the end of the day, it builds to a crescendo of personal empowerment that really explains the profound joy felt at break-fasts throughout the world, a joy far deeper than that which can be explained by a glass of orange juice or a bagel, no matter how much one hates fasting.
On Yom Kippur we invoke a God who is prepared to look back on the very worst of what we have done and say, “I forgive you.” That willingness creates the safety to address the messes in our lives, and even to be a little God-like ourselves, finding new reserves of understanding and forgiveness for those who have wronged us over the past year or longer.
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  • Sharon Rosenzweig

    Thanks for a thoughtful essay! I’d like to contribute this version of the special reading for Yom Kippur, The Comic Book of Jonah:

  • Abigail Hirsch

    Dear Rabbi,
    I loved this idea and it is the missing link for understanding Yom Kippur i.e. That on Yom Kippur we get to see the world through G-d’s eyes. I love it.
    I also loved your pre-Yom Kippur blog and I have referred to that one in my own blog (referenced below)
    My blog is about the recent Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) conference, “Defending Israel: Taking back our Campuses”, which took place at Concordia University, Montreal, August 23rd 2009 and Rabbi Cooper’s (of the Wiesenthal Center) lunchtime address.
    Check it out.
    Abigail Hirsch,MSW
    AskAbigail Productions
    Shalom Foundation for Healing of Communities.

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