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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Yom Kippur-- We Pray for All Jews

Reflections on today's Yom Kippur Prayers. 

Here's one of the very last lines of the Yom Kippur Prayers:

ArtScroll Machzor
Not only do we pray for ourselves, we pray for the entire Jewish People. Our prayers are in plural. I wonder if that is unique to Jewish Prayer. All of our prayers are in plural. "Our" and "we" are the words we say. The verbs are in first person plural throughout Jewish Prayer, even on Yom Kippur. That's why we say a long list of sins, that we as individuals probably never had done. But for sure there are those Jews who have sinned those sins, so we prayer for all of us.

May Gd accept our prayers.

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