“Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of days, is a time when we do more than confess and seek atonement for our sins. Its the supreme day of Teshuvah, which means returning, coming home. To come home we have to ask who we are and where we truly belong. It is a day when we reaffirm our identity.”
“The single most important lesson of Yom Kippur is that its never too late to change, start again, and live differently from the way weve done in the past. God forgives every mistake weve made so long as we are honest in regretting it and doing our best to put it right. Even if theres nothing we regret, Yom Kippur makes us think about how to use the coming year in such a way as to bring blessings into the lives of others by way of thanking God for all He has given us.”
“More than Yom Kippur expresses our faith in God, it is the expression of Gods faith in us.”
“To those who fully open themselves to it, Yom Kippur is a life-transforming experience. It tells us that God, who created the universe in love and forgiveness, reaches out to us in love and forgiveness, asking us to love and forgive others. God never asked us not to make mistakes. All He asks is that we acknowledge our mistakes, learn from them, grow through them, and make amends where we can.”
“Forgiveness breaks the irreversibility of the past. It is the undoing of what has been done. Repentance and forgiveness - the two great gifts of human freedom - redeem the human condition from tragedy.”
“What has given Yom Kippur its unique place on the map of the Jewish heart is that it is the most intensely personal of all the festivals. Pesah, Shavuot and Sukkot are celebrations of Jewish memory and history. They remind us of what it means to be a member of the Jewish people, sharing its past, its present and its hopes. Rosh HaShana, the anniversary of creation, is about what it means to be human under the sovereignty of God. But Yom Kippur is about what it means to be human under the sovereignty of God. But Yom Kippur is about what it means to be me, this unique person that I am. It makes us ask, What have I done with my life? Whom have I hurt or harmed? How have I behaved? What have I done with Gods greatest gift, life itself? What have I lived for and what will I be remembered for?”