Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Meaningful Prayer

I've always found the following to be the most meaningful part of the High Holiday Prayers:
We have joked about serious matters. We have ridiculed honest and dedicated people. We have tried to find a springboard for humor in every topic. By doing so we have made repentance very difficult, both for ourselves and the people entertained by our witticisms.

Of course, this excerpt does not actually appear in a liturgical text that is recited in the synagogue. It appears, rather, as an interpretation of one particular sin (among many sins to be confessed) in Mesorah Publications' High-Holiday Prayer Book. But these guys are perceptive, right? Maybe a little too perceptive. The guy who wrote this is definitely a smart-ass. Or at least a repressed smart-ass-wannabe.


Blogger Danny the Manny said...

Was that paragraph written specifically for Penn grad students?

10:51 AM  

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