What cannot be atoned for?

26.09.2012                      10.Tischrei. 5773                       Jom Kippur

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What cannot be atoned for?

One of the deepest meanings of Abraham’s revolution is the concept of the right to choose – perhaps even the duty to choose.

The great Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, gives the Jewish person the possibility of cleansing himself, and of being morally resurrected. This is one of the great ideas of the Hebrew religion, which has turned atonement into a divine promise, after recognizing the deep human need for it. It was copied by the religions that were born of Judaism, but was transformed in ways which often distorted the original meaning of atonement….