Friday, October 7, 2011

Teshuvah Day 9: Listening to Your Soul

Yom Kippur has nearly arrived, and with it the opportunity to seek forgiveness.  This is a day to listen - to the words and melodies of ancient tefillot / prayers, to the silent meditations of sanctuaries full of people in pursuit of teshuvah / repentance, to the whisperings of the spirit.

This is a day when our motivations come into focus, a day of transforming ourselves, when we put it all out there along with our fellow Jews for all to see.  We confess together, in plural, in public: Ashamnu, bagadnu, gazalnu - we are guilty, we cheat, we steal - because we are all guilty.  There is no point in hiding from yourself what you might have done wrong.  Today is a day of truth, of listening to the confession of your soul.

Be honest with yourself!  Prepare to be cleansed, and have a meaningful fast.

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