Thursday, October 6, 2011

Yom Kippur 5772

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) will  begin this evening at sundown.  This High Holy Day is a time of reflection, repentance, and rejoicing in the grace of G-d.   I hope you will read my post from last year about Yom Kippur  to understand this holy day better. 

The end of the Ten Days of Awe will be sealed with our Yom Kippur service.  During that service, we will listen to the  Avinu Malkeinu and The Kol Neidre.

I want to share these songs with you, and after you listen to them, I will share some thoughts as we go into this holy day.

Avinu Malkeinu  is a song/prayer asking G-d's blessings on the year ahead.  The tone is somber because we have come to the service with awareness of our sins. 

The Kol Neidre is even more somber, and is about sorrow for our sins, and the forgiveness of G-d.  The tone of the song is sad, because we have sinned, and we have grieved our Father.  The Moroccan version of the song is so beautiful.  I could not get Blogger to upload the video, but you can listen to it at the following link: (The images in this video are of Moroccan Jews.  Our Torah scroll is over 350 years ago, and came from Morocco, so this version of the song is very dear to us.)   Kol Nidrei 

Recently, I heard a very well-known and highly respected Christian minister on the radio say that G-d's grace was not revealed until the New Testament.  This minister obviously has never read the Torah.    Father G-d's grace is revealed throughout the Torah as well as the Haftorah.  His provision for the remission of sins reveals His abundant grace and forgiveness.  The price of sin is high:  blood.  As one reads the Torah, especially in Leviticus, the account of how much blood had to be shed is overwhelming. 

Each year, as we read through the Torah, I am filled once again with awe about sin, and about the blood required to atone for it.  Therefore, as we finish up the Torah readings for the year around the High Holy Days, I am also in awe of the love and forgiveness of Father G-d.  Yom Kippur is a time to think about that grace.  To think about my sins.  To not take them lightly because they carry a high price:  the blood of Yeshua.  May I never take His atonement lightly or for granted.  May I always be in awe of His grace and of His atonement through Yeshua's blood.

Both the Old and New Testaments declare that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.  In the Old Testament the blood of animals atoned for sins.  When the Messiah died and shed his blood, He put in place an atonement that covered our sins forever.   May His Name be praised forevermore!  Halelujah!

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  1. I am with you; may I too always be in awe of the great sacrifice that the Lord did by shedding his blood for my sins.


  2. I feel pretty much at home here as I'm Jewish.....L'shanna tova and Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. The words of this song are beautiful.

  4. What a beautiful thoughtful post. The somber music was refreshing after so much upbeat hand clapping song we hear so much these days. This brought tears to my eyes. I needed to hear this and read your post this morning. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Thank you for sharing a beautiful song. I keep reading post after post about His grace, isn't He amazing. I am praising Him with you!