Vidui* (Prayers of Confession)
Our G-d and the G-d of our fathers, may our prayers come before You, and do not disregard our supplication. For we are not so bold and stiff-necked to say before you, oh G-d and G-d of our fathers, that we are saints and have not sinned; rather we and our fathers have sinned.
We have sinned with guilt, we have betrayed you, we have stolen, we have spoken wrongly, we have sinned willfully, and have caused others to sin, we have sinned on purpose, we have forced others to give us things, and we have lied. We have given bad advice, we have falsified, we have made fun of others, we have rebelled, we have cursed others, we have strayed from the proper path, have turned others away, we have committed crimes, we have been wicked, we have been stiff-necked. We have been terrible, we have been corrupt, we have been abominable, we have turned astray and have made others turn astray.
We have turned away from your commandments and your good laws, but it wasn’t worth it! And you are righteous about all that happens to us, for you do right, and we have sinned.
(Source: Holy City Prayer Society)
* This prayer is traditionally spoken in unison by all in the Synagog on Yom Kippur.
“I ask for forgiveness from all those whom I may have wronged
and forgive all those who may have wronged me.
All is well.”
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