KOL NIDRE, 5769
Yom Kippur has a strong hold on us primarily because of the concept of teshuvah, of return, of clearing the slate, of creating a clean record. it brings the good news that renewal is possible, it promotes optimism, and it counteracts guilt by releasing us from our bad choices and actions. At the end of the day we feel assured that correct intentions for the future atone for the past. Thus each Jew can begin again every YOM KIPPUR, by resolving to improve one’s behavior, by doing another act of chesed in the coming year, by giving more tzedaka, by repairing interpersonal relations that have soured, by being more involved in YPS, by coming to Friday and Saturday night minyanim, by making many types of amends.
I believe, however, that it is a mistake to imagine that all things can be made new again. Can we really imagine that all of our mistakes are revocable? (more…)