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The Text of Al Chet

The Text of Al Chet

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(The "Al Chet" confession of sins is said ten times in the course of the Yom Kippur services: Following the Amidah of the afternoon prayers of the day before Yom Kippur; just before sunset on Yom Kippur Eve; and twice during each of the following services--the evening service of yom Kippur eve, and the morning service, the Musaf service and the afternoon service of Yom Kippur day--once at the end of the Silent Amidah, and once during the cantor's repitition of the Amidah.)

For the sin which we have committed before You under duress or willingly.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by hard-heartedness.

For the sin which we have committed before You inadvertently.

And for the sin which we have committed before You with an utterance of the lips.

For the sin which we have committed before You with immorality.

And for the sin which we have committed before You openly or secretly.

For the sin which we have committed before You with knowledge and with deceit.

And for the sin which we have committed before You through speech.

For the sin which we have committed before You by deceiving a fellowman.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by improper thoughts.

For the sin which we have committed before You by a gathering of lewdness.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by verbal [insincere] confession.

For the sin which we have committed before You by disrespect for parents and teachers.

And for the sin which we have committed before You intentionally or unintentionally.

For the sin which we have committed before You by using coercion.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by  desecrating the Divine Name.

For the sin which we have committed before You by impurity of  speech.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by foolish  talk.

For the sin which we have committed before You with the evil  inclination.

And for the sin which we have committed before You knowingly or unknowingly.

For all these, God of pardon, pardon us, forgive us, atone for us. 

For the sin which we have committed before You by false denial and lying.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a bribe-taking or a bribe-giving hand.

For the sin which we have committed before You by scoffing.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by evil talk  [about another].

For the sin which we have committed before You in business  dealings. 

And for the sin which we have committed before You by eating  and drinking.

For the sin which we have committed before You by [taking or  giving] interest and by usury.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a haughty demeanor. 

For the sin which we have committed before You by the prattle of our lips. 

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a glance of the eye.

For the sin which we have committed before You with proud looks.

And for the sin which we have committed before You with impudence.

 For all these, God of pardon, pardon us, forgive us, atone for us. 

For the sin which we have committed before You by casting off the yoke [of Heaven].

And for the sin which we have committed before You in passing judgment.

For the sin which we have committed before You by scheming against a fellowman. 

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a begrudging eye. 

For the sin which we have committed before You by frivolity.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by obduracy.

For the sin which we have committed before You by running to do evil.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by tale-bearing.

For the sin which we have committed before You by swearing in vain. 

And for the sin which we have committed before You by causeless hatred.

For the sin which we have committed before You by embezzlement.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a confused heart.

 For all these, God of pardon, pardon us, forgive us, atone for us. 

And for the sins for which we are obligated to bring a burnt-offering. 

And for the sins for which we are obligated to bring a sin-offering.

And for the sins for which we are obligated to bring a varying offering [according to one's means].

And for the sins for which we are obligated to bring a guilt-offering for a certain or doubtful trespass. 

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of lashing for rebelliousness. 

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of forty lashes.

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of death by the hand of Heaven. 

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of excision and childlessness. 

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of the four forms of capital punishment executed by the Court: stoning, burning, decapitation and strangulation. 

For [transgressing] positive and prohibitory mitzvot, whether [the prohibitions] can be rectified by a specifically prescribed act or not, those of which we are aware and those of which we are not aware; those of which we are aware, we have already declared them before You and confessed them to You, and those of which we are not aware --- before You they are revealed and known, as it is stated:The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things are for us and for our children forever, that we may carry out all the words of this Torah. ForYou are the Pardoner of Israel and the Forgiver of the tribes of Yeshurun in every generation, and aside from You we have no King who forgives and pardons.

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October 12, 2016
Thank you
Anonymous
Athens, Greece
October 11, 2016
There is much in me to forgive and I am thankful for this time to do so. To be clean and to start life this year fresh and new. To find forgiveness for the sins I can recognize and for those I'm not aware of. I want to do much better this year. If I keep practicing I know one day soon I'll get it right.
Anonymous
Florida
August 21, 2016
Thank you! Just what I was looking for!
Anonymous
September 24, 2015
The AMIDAH, our silent prayer, brings me closer to G-D than almost any prayer I can recall. It is my time to seek favor with the Almighty for my family and loved ones. Avinu Malkeinu and the Al Chait are treasures of prayer and humility before our maker, and can only bring joy to those who celebrate, regardless of religion.
sandy w
Los Angeles
September 23, 2015
Thank you for having this on line. I'm not affiliated with any congregation by choice nevertheless I love my heritage and traditions and connection to my G-d. On Yom Kippur I remember all the loved ones who have passed. I remember those who supported the Shul I went to as a child, where I learned Hebrew and Biblical History of our spiritual nation. "[ I ] carry it where ever I go, on my gates, and for front-lets ..." I treasure the walks with my mother on the slate sidewalk shining in the sun on our way to Yom Kippur services. Forever in my heart are the memories of bringing gladiola flowers to my grandmother and spending the day with her and grandpa. Homemade clear chicken soup. Challah wine herring ..guests coming by and grandpa heading off to synagogue. And many more memories of growing up Jewish and keeping tradition.
Anonymous
Hackensack
October 4, 2014
Thank You
Unable to attend services. This prayer helped me get thru a difficult time today. I have renewed my love and faith as a person and a Jew.
Anonymous
Florida
September 13, 2013
We vs I
Like many confessions, the "we" is a public declaration of the truth that all have sinned. Within the "we", there is still the implicit declaration that "I" have sinned. Upon further reflection you may find out "when did I embezzle?" and find you need look no further than the "office pen" that made its way home but never returned.
Olaf Schroeder
September 7, 2013
Thanks for knowledge of...
Extremely grateful for this document. Will remember it forever.
Barbara Jackson
September 26, 2012
Beautiful
To my Jewish brothers, have a great and holy Yom Kippur! I am Catholic, but worship the One true Lord of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I will now use this wonderful prayer as I examine my own conscience as I seek God's forgiveness. A humble and contrite heart give me, O Lord. Amen.
Ken Crawford
Mayfield, KY
September 25, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
Poli
Garanhuns, Pernambuco
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