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As part of doing Teshuvah on Yom Kippur, we confess our sins. Rabbi Yaakov Wagner thoroughly explains the viduy prayer based on traditional sources.

Confessing Misdeeds on Yom Kippur

Confessing Misdeeds on Yom Kippur

The Mitzvah of Saying Vidui

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Rabbi Yaakov Wagner teaches chassidus and gemara at Yeshivas Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown, New Jersey. He studied at Yeshiva Gedola Zichron Shmaryahu, Toronto; Yeshivas Mir, Yerushalyim; Lubavitch Yeshiva, Toronto; Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad, Los Angeles, California and received Rabbinical Ordination at Central Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim, Brooklyn, NY.
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Eugène FRANK MD Santa Fe NM August 27, 2016

Please expand on the sense of' chuva': the differentiation of parents, etc., who have commited the sins we continue to inflict on those we love now, so that we must be able to shed ourselves of these sins that were visited on us, but not sourced in our own souls. How do we differentiate the source of these transgressions despite the fact that he family we now interact with, they themselves continue these sins themselves?
The guilt ridden, and guilt instilling, exhortation of the rabbi is quite destructive insofar as no one can be neutral in resolving these conflicts in the face of his holier than thou attitude. Reply

Mary October 6, 2014

Thank you! You made foggy things clear and made my day more meaningful! Reply

katrin Germany September 10, 2013

Thank you. This was very helpful and shed a lot of light. I wish we could go through every prayer like this. Reply