Avinu Malkeinu is a central prayer of the ten days of repentance, which begin on Rosh Hashanah and conclude on Yom Kippur. Both the words and the melody evoke deep emotion as the congregation connects with God as a parent and monarch.
Have you ever felt that you did something so wrong that you deserved to be excluded from a group or an experience? Actually, everyone missed the mark this year. We need a full representation of the diversity of our people in order to be a part of an authentic process of repair.
A close look at the priest's service in the Temple on Yom Kippur and popular Israeli singer, Yishai Ribo's song can help us imagine ourselves in the shoes of the High Priest, and open a window into some of the possible emotions of being so immersed in Divine service on this special day of the year.
The theme of forgiveness reverberates throughout the Yom Kippur service. Everything we have done wrong is like a cloud or a mist, obscuring something about our true selves, and we pray to have all our wrongdoing stripped away so that we can start over in the new year.