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since we are steeped in Christian concepts (in this case "confession for absolution") here in the USA, this is a common misconception. "Yom Kippur" doesn't automatically forgive anyone, the only transgressions that are forgiven are those that one recognizes, disavows, and commits to not transgressing again in the future!

It is not because I have been steeped in Christian tradition that I believe G-d cleanses all our sins (against Him) on Yom Kippur. It's the Yom Kippur liturgy with which I am familiar - the prayers, etc. I am not aware of any conditions on this forgiveness. Indeed, lack of fasting, bad attitude, or any other shortcomings have not been cited in any text I have ever seen about how one gets forgiven on Yom Kippur. It seems like the greatest holiday ever invented for that very unconditionalness. If you could show me a cite, a link or something to support your allegation that I may only be forgiven for those sins for which I commit not to transgress in the future, I would like to see (not really, but I don't really believe it otherwise).

MsPepper
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