Psalms 130:1-4—Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Yahweh; Yahweh, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications.
If You, Yahweh, should mark iniquities, O Yahweh, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.
…Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as [it is] in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amein…
Yom HaKippurim is also called the “Day of atonement.” Also known simply as “The Fast,” it is the most sacred day of the biblical year. Kept as a solemn fast from sunset to sunset, the command for this day is to “afflict your souls.” No work or normal activity of any kind is permitted. All of Yisrael is to meet in holy convocation to pray, both individually and corporately, for pardon of sins. More than just a day of repentance, it is the time of “teshuva”-a return to YHWH and His ways. The Hebrew name for the day, “Kippurim,” is in the plural form, and this is explained in the Zohar, “because it represents two streams of love. As soon as the desire for reconciliation has awakened in the sinners soul, and wings it’s way heavenward, Elohim’s grace comes down to meet it, calming the breast with assurance of divine pardon and forgiveness.” In Malachi, the prophet affirms this, as it says, “Return to Me, and I will return to you, saith YHWH Tzabaoth.” In Temple times, at the end of this day, the shofar was sounded one last time, then the gates were finally, and meaningfully, closed. (Matt. 25:1-13) The scripture readings are: Leviticus 26; Leviticus 16; Leviticus 18; Numbers 29:7-11; Isaiah 57:14-58:14; Micah 7:18-20 and the Book of John.