Yom Kippur Kavanah

I am writing this on the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is a day on which we communally and individually ask for forgiveness for the sins we have committed against God during the previous year and commit to bettering ourselves spiritually for the year ahead. It is a day of deep soul accounting, reflection and introspection. Importantly, however, the atonement we are granted on Yom Kippur does not extend to the sins which we have committed against others, and we must ask the people whom we have wronged for forgiveness for those sins. Teshuvah, which is derived from the Hebrew root meaning to turn, is a process through which we return to God through a three-pronged process of acknowledging our missteps, humbly asking for forgiveness and resolving not to repeat our wrongdoings.


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