Selichot at the Kotel (Western Wall) – Thursday morning, October 6, 1:00 am. Photo by Reb Gutman Locks.
(In Israel) one non-religious teenage boy in the neighborhood asked his non-religious friend yesterday “what are you doing Thursday night? Let’s hit Jerusalem”. Israeli’s work from Sunday through Thursday, so Thursday night is the Friday night party night of many other countries. And if you don’t live in a (major) city, the place to go is the city.
His friend replied “what, are you nuts? It’s Yom Kippur this Saturday! Thursday night we’re going to the Kotel (Western Wall) all night for selichos (prayers of forgiveness)!”
Jerusalem, the Western Wall, it’s THE place to be if you’re a Jew before Yom Kippur!
On Yom Kippur we come before G-d, confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. These are regarding the mitzvot of Bein Odom L’Makom, between man and G-d. But the sins of Bein Odom l’Chavayro, between man and man, we must ask forgiveness of our fellow before we can receive Divine forgiveness.
On our blog we make mistakes. Occasionally we copy something without attribution. Sometimes we write something too harsh or too provocative. We cannot know our reader’s context, sometimes something we write hurts a reader. Sometimes we quote Torah without stating a source.
For these and other failures, please forgive us.