Sunday, September 28, 2008

Viduy - Specifying sin


When a person performs the Viduy act of repentance, admitting sin as part of repentance, he need not specify his private sins. However, one who will not be overheard by others should actually specify sins, because this will help make the regret and repentance more sincere.

Reciting the standard edition of Viduy is not considered "specifying," even if one's sin is actually mentioned in the text. The standard edition is common to everyone, and Viduy is much stronger if it involves personal thought.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 607:2; Mishneh Berurah 607:6-9)

May we all be inscribed and sealed for a great new year,

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