All tagged repentance

Yom Kippur: Corporate Complicity and Collective Confession

Over the past few weeks, the sounds and prayers of the season summoned us to prepare our hearts and actions for the New Year (Rosh HaShana) as we heard the shofar blown across the country, which we witnessed with our presence or heard drifting through our windows from nearby synagogues. This period between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur is called the Days of Awe and it is a time to remember our individual and collective callings and failings. [1] 

The Yom Kippur We All Need and Guilt We All Share

This year I have heard dozens of theories tossed around about the Jewish holiday season, replete with blood moons and shmitas and other “signs,” which may or may not be significant. But I think those things are mere distractions from what is really central to seeing the healing and refreshment that we so desire and often fast for, and the guilt we all share and need to repent from.

Repentance, Renewal and Rosh HaShana

The summer always comes to an end before I realize it. We get ready for a new school year, and then the holidays come in a rush one after the next, starting with Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year. It, among other things, commemorates the traditional date of humanity’s creation. It is a time for increased introspection and self-examination as observant Jews gather before Rosh HaShana to recite prayers of penitence.Yet the Jewish New Year does not mark immediate physical or spiritual renewal. Instead, it is but the first day of a ten-day period, the Days of Awe, a time for collective and individual reflection, summoning us to national and personal change in direction, culminating in Yom Kippur -- The Day of Atonement.