We’re getting close to Yom Kippur and the liturgical “al chet”s, where we atone both for our personal sins and for the sins of the community.
The thing is — I don’t really know whether the sins on that list actually correspond to what we as a community actually want to apologize for. The “al chet”s end up feeling like apologies for the sins of an *imagined* community, almost an idealized community of sinners.
Since it is unlikely that any of us would willingly share our deepest shames publicly, I have set up a website where anyone can — anonymously — describe what they’ll be asking forgiveness for on Yom Kippur.
Be as specific or as general as you’d like, without revealing your identity.
I am hoping that the results of this website will be something that you and I can take to shul on Yom KIppur and incorporate into our prayers in some way.
For more information about this project, email firstname.lastname@example.orgMedia mentions: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/11/creative-cures-for-your-yom-kippur-boredom.html http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/rabbis-round-table/.premium-1.549600