By Kohenet Rev. Dr. Claudia Hall
Person says (individually or in unison)
Every year. Every year I make so many promises.
Promises to myself: to lose or gain weight, to eat better, sleep enough. The list is endless.
Promises to others: to be kinder, to express love more, to get angry less. The list is endless.
Promises to God: to be a better Jew, a better human being, that this is the year I will get my act together and stop doing things I know are hurtful, to only do the things I know are helping to heal the world. The list is endless.
Every year. Every year I break so many promises, often breaking promises in the same breath I make them.
I regret so many things. Every sweet moment spoiled by my temper. Every chance to say a kind word, do a kind deed, be a good example that I failed at for so many reasons.
I regret not doing more good. I regret causing so much harm.
Shekinah, Eternal One, Empress of Heaven and my heart, please forgive me for all the ways I have failed to radiate love and healing this year. Forgive me for the ways I have failed to grow into my own potential. Help me to forgive myself.
Congregation (or family, or individual, depending on the gathering) responds three times
You are seen. You are heard. You are known. You are forgiven.
All respond together
Amen, and Amen.
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