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IN US AND AMONG US!
Shabbat Shuvah is the Shabbat
between the Feast of Trumpets
& Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement
What Does "Shuvah Yisrael" mean?
and are taken from Hosea 14:1,
where is commanding the nation of Yisrael
(By the blood of Messiah Y'shua,
you are grafted into the commonwealth of Yisrael)
OBEYING THE WORD OF !
On Erev Shabbat, Friday night , September 13
on the traditional Hebraic calendar
as the sun sets,
we enter the most set apart day of Yom Kippur,
the Day of Atonement.
It is more correctly called Yom Kippurim,
the Day of Atonements,
for throughout this day, we pray to
for forgiveness for all of our sins.
Yom Kippur is a day of abundant prayer.
The prophet Hosea, in 14:1-2,
implores the people of with these words:
"O Yisrael, return unto thy Elohim;
for you have fallen by your iniquity.
Take with you words, and return unto , say to Him,
'Take away all iniquity, and accept that which is good:
so will we render as bullocks the offering of our lips.'"
And so, on this day, more than any other,
we bring such words to Him.
The order of service is detailed in the Machzor,
the Prayer Book for the day.
Praying words written by someone
thousands of years ago may seem strange to many;
almost as though not a prayer at all.
But on the contrary, these words
are spoken from the very deepest part of the penitent.
They are from Scriptural portions of
Torah, The Writings and the Prophets.
Praying in this way has two very important functions.
The first is to allow the one praying to focus
on the condition of their heart,
rather on what to say next.
Such prayers must be spoken only with kavannah,
which is intention and with understanding.
The second reason for such prayer
is to unite the entire nation as one.
Psalm 133 declares:
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
that ran down upon the beard,
even Aaron's beard; that came down
upon the skirt of his garments;
like the dew of Hermon,
that comes down upon the mountains of T'Zion;
for there commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore."
On this day, more than on any other,
all of Yisrael is unified by our prayers,
as we stand together as we stood thousands of years ago,
all of us at Mt. Sinai.
It is a message probably first taught at this season.
It is full of references
to the commonly held knowledge of this awesome day.
It begins with a reference
to the affliction of our souls upon this day,
"Go to now, rich men, weep and howl
for your miseries that shall come upon you. "
Then, verse 9 deals with the act of confession
among each man and his brother
and of the reality of 's Judgment,
"Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned:
behold, the judge stands before the door.
Verse 12 states,
"But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven,
neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea;
and your nay, nay; lest you fall into condemnation."
Finally, in Yaacov 5:16 (James 5:16) we read:
"Confess your faults one to another,
and pray one for another,
that you may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."
This leads us to the next important prayer of Yom Kippur,
which means Confession.
The actual theme of the day is Teshuvah, Repentance.
But the word actually means "to turn around,"
and that is what is required of us.
As Believers, we often confess our sins
and ask forgiveness
of those we have offended and of .
But on this day, we realize that this is simply not enough.
Today, we must repent of even our good deeds.
According to YeshaYahu 64:6 (Isaiah 64:6)
"But we are all as an unclean thing,
and all our righteous deeds are as filthy rags;
and we all do fade as a leaf;
and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
We must recognize that our best is just not good enough
and that we stand before the Holy One of Yisrael
with no right to be there.
So, Viduy is the first step.
In this prayer, we ask for to forgive us
and all Yisrael for every sin.
We do so by standing with our head and body
bent in submissive contrition
as we declare that we and our fathers have sinned.
Many strike their heart with the fist of their right hand
as they admit that we have robbed; we have spoken slander;
we have we have caused perversion; been obstinate;
turned away from following and His instructions.
We confess sin that we may have never have even been tempted by,
but we do so as one people, standing in the gap before the
only True and Holy One, Elohim.
Together, we ask to wipe away
every evil inclination and to make our hearts pure
to stand before Him.
Is that it? Oh, no. We then proceed to pray Al Chayt,
which means "for the sin."
We ask forgiveness "for the sin we have sinned before You;
for the sin we have sinned in secret; for the sin we have sinned with our lips;
for the sin we have sinned with our thoughts;
for the sin we have sinned through the hardness of our hearts.
" And we continue to pray for the forgiveness that is only possible
because of the mercy of .
I pray that this Yom Kippur,
as all Yisrael joins together as one,
that you will join us in the Presence
of the Holy One of Yisrael.
I pray that you will just slow down awhile
and cease from all your striving
for some time with your family
and others with whom has joined you.
All of the praying and fasting that is going on
still only atones for the sin against .
We are taught that sin against others
requires us to seek forgiveness
and to make restitution.
Only when we are reconciled with one another may
we be reconciled to Elohim.
I pray that you will ask Adonai,
"Search me, O Yah and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts;
see if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting."
Psalm 25:8 declares "Good and upright is ;
therefore will He instruct sinners in the way."
His way is truth. My prayer is that this day,
this year, and always you,
your family, all Yisrael and the entire household of faith
may walk in His way
and may know the full provision
of the Kingdom of ,
the joy , the peace and all good things
of the Shalom of
b'shem Moshiach Y'shua.
We pray for the redemption
and restoration of all Yisrael
scattered throughout the four corners of the world
and within the Land of Yisrael.
We pray that our brothers and sisters will return,
Teshuvah to Torah, Return to ,
by the blood, the water, the Ruach HaKodesh
and the resurrection victory of Moshiach Y'shua.
We pray for the peace of Yerushalayeem
in the Name of Our Prince of Peace,
May this be a Shabbat where the words of our hearts
and the meditations of our hearts are
acceptable to You , our Elohim..
in Y'shua's Mighty Name we pray
Bless us, our Abba as one
B'shem Moshiach Y'Shua Sar Shalom.
In the Name of Moshiach Y'Shua, Prince of Peace.
Seem Shalom, tovah u'vracha, chayym,
Alaynoo, alaynoo v'al kal Yisrael, v'al Kal Yisrael amecha.
Alaynoo, alaynoo v'al kal yisrael, v'al Kal Yisrael Amecha!
Bar'chaynoo aveenoo, koolanoo k'echad