Monday, September 8, 2014
#BlogElul 13: Forgive
From the Machzor (Prayerbook for the High Holy Days):
For transgressions against God, the Day of Atonement atones; but for transgressions of one human being against another, the Day of Atonement does not atone until they have made peace with one another.
Transgressions against God....transgressions of one human being against another....
But what about God?
How does God ask MY forgiveness for the most horrible of transgressions against me and my family and my loved ones?
How do I forgive God for what has happened?
I don't know that I can.
I'm not ready.
I'm not even interested in being ready.
The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with the Selichot, the prayers of forgiveness. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at imabima.tumblr.com. Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! Read more about #BlogElul here.