Three Ways to Make Yom Kippur Meaningful
September 28, 2022
Yom Kippur is a day unlike any other. The energy of the day is the power of teshuvah – returning to become the person you were created to be. One of the most painful moments a human being can have is the realization that “I’ve messed up my life. I haven’t changed. The same things trigger me. I still lose it with the people I love. I haven’t grown spiritually. What’s my life about? Why am I here? What defines me?” Think about it. After you strip away all the externals – your home, your favorite possessions, your bank account – who are you? READ MORE
WALL STREET JOURNAL Meir Soloveichik: The Meaning of a Yom Kippur Prayer For this reason, Kol Nidrei speaks profoundly to our own time. In the age of the internet, every impetuous posting, every misguided tweet, every regretted utterance survives forever, and often no amount of regret is sufficient to undo the stain on someone’s reputation. Kol Nidrei reminds us to cancel mistakes, rather than people, accepting genuine regret and embracing the possibility of change and growth. After centuries of debate, the future of Kol Nidrei in Jewish liturgy is secure, but its lessons need to be learned once again.
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