‘Sing when you are sinning, you only sing when you are sinning…’ – by Steven Mills

 Ashamnu ♪ Bagadnu ♪ Gazalnu ♪ Dibarnu Dofi ♪

It seems strange that on Yom Kippur, when we confess our sins collectively as a congregation in the Viduy prayer, we sing the words out loud.

We have trespassedWe have betrayedWe have stolenWe have slandered

Surely a more sombre, private tone would be more appropriate given the nature of our sins.


Rabbi Mitch Goodman gives the following insight.

We often sing when we’re in the shower. Why?  Because it feels good to get yourself clean, to wash away the dirt and start again, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

The same is also true for Viduy.  We are ‘washing away’ our aveiros, our sins, wiping away our mistakes and committing to a ‘cleaner’, ‘purer’ future full of mitzvos.

This cleansing process feels good, so we sing!

These daily lifts are inspired by Jonny Chippeck and dedicated to his ‘refuah shleimah’. Get well soon Jonny!

Please step up to the plate and contribute your own small nugget of Torah by sending back to me at terence@speedquote.net. The more people we have contributing, the higher this daily lift will go. Keep them coming.

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