Yom Kippur 5776

Yom Kippur 5776

I don’t have a bunch of flowery words heading into Yom Kippur. We are all flawed. We all need to be better people. That certainly includes me. I’ll let the theologians handle the scholarly sayings. My solace comes from a man I have little in common with, singer John Cougar Mellencamp. A line from his song “Check it out” is meaningful. It sums up how I feel.

“Forgot to say hello to my neighbors. Sometimes I question my own behavior.”

There are plenty of things I could have done better. There are numerous people that I can ask for forgiveness. However, I will not engage in phony repentance or apologize for what I have done right.

In terms of what I can, should and will apologize for, that is between me and my Hebrew God.

My goal post Yom Kippur is to take the man I am and the man I could and should be and see if I can get them to converge, or at least stop diverging.

For those fasting on Yom Kippur, may you have a meaningful fast.

May almighty God shine his light on all of you.


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