Yom Kippur

On this day, the day of atonement, Jews around the world are to face their misdeeds and sins over the year through worship and prayer so that they may atone for their wrongdoings. With fear and wonder in facing God’s judgment, Jews seek forgiveness. In doing so, people are called to self-reflect on their failings and flaws. Synagogues hold religious services throughout the day for practicing Jews to come pray introspectively, either asking for forgiveness or expressing regret of sins committed in the past year. Once you atone, it’s thought to be starting the Jewish new year with a “clean slate,” absolved of past transgressions.

Christians ask for forgiveness more often than once a year and in different ways, there are general and personal confessions. I  don’t know about the Muslim or what are the predominantly Oriental faiths, but I suspect they too have some form of atonement incorporated into their worships.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a world wide day of atonement, where we all recognized our failings and sins, sought forgiveness from  the higher power we believed in, and started over with a clean slate. Just a thought.


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


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