God of Compassion, You commanded us through Your Torah saying, “You will eat, you will be satisfied, and you will bless the LORD your God.” But in Your world of bounty there are those who are trapped in the darkness of hunger. We are not so arrogant and stiff-necked to say before You that we have fulfilled the mitzvah of feeding the hungry and helping You to deliver them from the darkness to the light. Because we have sinned, scoffed, and oppressed. For the sin of closing our eyes to those who are malnourished. For the sin of deafening our ears to the cry of a hungry child. For the sin of withholding our hands from the needy. For the sin of refraining to speak out for food justice. For the sin of hardening our hearts in the face of those who are hungry. For all these sins, Forgiving God, forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement.
Suggested Discussion Questions:
What are our sins against the hungry?
What is the purpose of confessing these sins?
Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)