וְהִתְוַדּוּ אֶת חַטָּאתָם אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ
…and they shall confess the sin that they committed
The Torah teaches us about an amazing opportunity Hashem gives us. Though we disrespectfully wronged Him, our Creator and the One who gives us everything we have, he allows us to avoid punishment through teshuva. One might think that we have to beg for such a great opportunity, but instead, Hashem makes it a mitzva!
How do we do it? It’s kind of simple, but difficult to master. We are to confess what we did, and ask Hashem for forgiveness. We say how ashamed we are to have done such a foolish thing, and commit to stay away from it in the future.
We say Vidui (the confession) every day in tefillah, but the words alone are near meaningless. We must take the time to learn what we’re saying, and really mean it. The goal isn’t just the act but the meaning and commitment behind it.
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