For there is no person who does not sin...

A reflection on Yom Kippur.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
September 28, 2017 20:32
4 minute read.
WORSHIPERS TAKE part in ‘tashlich’ (ritual of casting away sins of the past year into the water) ahe

WORSHIPERS TAKE part in ‘tashlich’ (ritual of casting away sins of the past year into the water) ahead of Yom Kippur on the seashore in Ashdod, last year.. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN - REUTERS)

Yom Kippur, which begins this evening and ends on Saturday night, is a day whose name depicts its essence. “Kippur” means atonement. This is the day when God atones for people’s sins, or as it says in the Torah: “For on this day He shall effect atonement for you to cleanse you. Before the Lord, you shall be cleansed from all your sins” (Leviticus 16:30).

If there is a set day each year on which God effects atonement for people’s sins, then the fact that people sin and do not always act as they should comes as no surprise. This reality is undeniable and is also not coincidental.

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