Positive Confession (Vidui)

black woman in yellow patterned dress sitting in sunny field smiling hand open to sky

Introduction

Confessing our wrongdoings, as the Yom Kippur liturgy encourages us to, is certainly important and worthwhile. But in addition, Rav A. I. Kook, in Ein Ayah (The Falcon's Eye), his commentary on sections of the Talmud, suggests another important practice: articulating our many positive deeds. How might you adapt "The Positive Confession," below, to reflect your own needs this Yom Kippur? What do you want or need to acknowledge, thank and praise yourself for at this time?

—Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein

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Ein Ayah on Mishnah Ma’aser Sheini 5:10: "The Torah has given us a path of awakening: a person needs to also rejoice themselves sometimes by articulating the good deeds that they have done, in the appropriate measure, in order to strengthen their heart in [Divine] service."


We have loved

We have blessed

We have grown

We have spoken positively

We have raised up

We have shown compassion

We have acted enthusiastically

We have been empathetic

We have cultivated truth

We have given good advice

 

We have respected

We have learned

We have forgiven

We have comforted

We have been creative

We have stirred

We have been spiritual activists

We have been just

We have longed for the Land [of Israel]

We have been merciful

We have given full effort

We have supported

We have contributed

We have repaired

עין איה על משנה מעשר שני ה:י

נתנה לנו התורה דרך להתעוררות
שצריך האדם שישמח גם כן לפעמים
בביטוי שפתיים על מעשה הטוב אשר עשה
וכפי המדה הראויה
לחזק לבבו בעבודה


אָהַבְנוּ

בֵּרַכְנוּ

גָּדַלְנוּ

דִִִּבַּרְנוּ יֹפִי

הֶעֱלִינוּ

חַסְנוּ

זֵרַזְנוּ

חָמַלְנוּ

טִפַּחְנוּ אֱמֶת

יָעַצְנוּ טוֹב

כִּבַּדְנוּ

לָמַדְנוּ

מָחַלְנוּ

נִחַמְנוּ

סָלַלְנוּ

עוֹרַרְנוּ

פָּעַלְנוּ

צָדַקְנוּ

קִוִּינוּ לָאָרֶץ

רִחַמְנוּ

שָקַדְנוּ

תָּמַכְנוּ

תָּרַמְנוּ

תִּקַּנּוּ

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