Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Asking you for slicha

"Jews praying in the synagogue on Yom Kippur" -- 1878 painting by Maurycy Gottlieb

The Day of Atonement is almost upon us! Tomorrow, after the afternoon feast, we will enter into 25 hours of fast and prayer. Yom Kippur atones for many sins if we truly repent. But before God can forgive us for the sins against him, we must ask (and hopefully receive) forgiveness from the people we may have hurt or wronged.

My dear friends and blog-reading friends, I sincerely ask your pardon
> for when I have not answered your welcome comments in a timely manner (or at all!)
> for not yet finding answers to some of your good questions
> for postponing visits to your blog, thinking I will get to it when there is more time
> for letting some e-mails slip out of sight onto the previous page of my inbox
> for not yet posting awards some of you have graciously granted to Jerusalem Hills
Please forgive me for the sin of procrastination and laziness.
I will do my best to be a better blogger-friend in this new year.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Shalom, may we all have shalom!



all is forgiven - and forgive us too!

richies said...

I am the president of our local procrastinator's club, I just haven't gotten around to attending.

Leora said...

Well-written and certainly forgiven!

The Yom Kippur ask for forgiveness thing is never an easy one for me.

Share my point of view... said...

Wow, superb painting! Your blog opens up a whole new perspective to me. I enjoy reading up different cultures. Keep up the great work, I'm also guilty of procrastination! ;)

Webradio said...

Bonsoir Dina !
Jolie peinture...
Et Merci pour cette nouvelle explication...

JC said...

All is forgiven on my end but I must admit, I didn't know it needed to be. I have more sins of omission than I can think of. I'm sure our Father will be reminding me.

My church will be having a special time of prayer and fasting on the day of Atonement. Prayer and fasting to start at 6 pm tomorrow night. Fasting to end at 5:59 pm Thursday. I think I can handle the fasting, if I do a lot of praying. HA!

Dina said...

Thank you, Maria. But forgive YOU, for what??

Richie, that's perfect! LOL

Leora, I find it gets easier as I grow older. Savlanut.

Share my point of view--shalom and welcome. I enjoyed seeing you on your nice blog from Malaysia.

Webradio, the artist himself shows up in this famous painting. He is the young man who looks like he has a headache from fasting 25 hours. Oi . . .

JC, no kidding?! A church in Alabama, USA, is having a day of atonement? That is great. Thank you for your solidarity in fasting with us. It makes it easier. I think 90% of enduring the fast is psychological and not physical.
God bless you and your church.

JC said...

Hey Dina, We also fast one lunch a week and give the money to our Isaiah 58 food program. You can check us out anytime at www.waio.org.

Thanks for the visit. God bless you and Israel.

kaybee said...

One of my most favorite Psalms says, "For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his mercy to those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103: 11, 12)

How far is the east from the west?

Oh, may he remove our transgressions from us THAT far!

Shimmy Mom said...

LOL if that is the worst you've got then you are doing very well. You are forgiven and I hope that you can find it in your heart to do the same for us.

Anonymous said...

This has made an interesting post. I enjoyed it.

Lea said...

Dina, all your vows of this past year are anulled and you are comletely forgiven.

I ask the same of you and those who read this.

May it be an easy fast.


Louis la Vache said...

Shalom, Dina! Shalom!

Catherine said...

What have I to forgive, sincerely?
I have just to thank you for your always interesting and documented posts.
I don't see any sin but a lot of goodness you send around you.