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Yom Kippur - the Day of Forgiveness and Hope

By Zanna Linskaia

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism, also known as the Day of

Atonement; it is a day when Burquest JCA with Jewish communities

around the world reflects on the past year and asks G-d’s


I always wonder – why 5782 years we, Jews, still feel guilty, should

confess two lists of sins that most of us had never committed and ask

for that slichot? Christians live easier – make a confession after

crime, bad act or lie, ask forgiveness, and get it till the next sin. For

Muslims any breach of the law in Koran can be punished by brutal

order or even by death.

The answer can be found in Kol Nidre, a legal formula – prayer of Yom

Kippur, written in Aramaic, a language related to Hebrew. The Kol

Nidre is intended to free Jews from obligations which they have made

to God. For many centuries our enemies would point it as evidence

that Jews could not be trusted and the growing anti-Semitism and

hate all over the world toward Jews and Israel are examples.

Jews become the scapegoats no the first neither the last time in the

history of humankind. Paradoxically, for dishonest or criminal people

it’s almost impossible to accept their own sins and instead of

repentance, they sent courses and malice to others.

However, in the Jewish understanding Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur

services only deal with the relations between God and humanity. In

Jewish believe you have to ask forgiveness directly - the one, you

hurt - be it God or another person.

This year again like during two decades, BJCA President Rudy

Rozanski will end Yom Kippur services by Tokea of Shofar– sounds

of freedom, forgiveness and hope.

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