POSITIVE CONFESSION (VIDUI)

Teshuva means returning to our best selves and to the Divine. According to Maimonides (R' Moses ben Maimon, 1135 – 1204) the way to practice Teshuva for wrongful behavior is as follows:

  1. Ceasing the behavior in question;

  2. Regret;

  3. Confession;

  4. Resolution to act differently in the future.

 

Confessing our wrongdoings is certainly important and worthwhile, and it plays a central role in the Yom Kippur prayer services. But to focus only on our wrongdoings is to risk losing sight of who we really are. 

 

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865 – 1935) therefore suggests an additional practice in Ein Ayah (The Falcon's Eye), his commentary on sections of the Talmud.

 

His suggestion, of articulating our positive deeds, has inspired Rabbi Avi Weiss to create a positive confession or vidui, which is presented below.

How might you adapt it to reflect your own needs this Yom Kippur?

 

What do you want or need to acknowledge, thank and praise yourself for at this time?

Ein Ayah on Mishna Ma’aser Sheini 5:10

 

The Torah has given us a path of awakening: a person needs to also rejoice themselves sometimes by articulating the good deeds that they have done, in the appropriate measure, in order to strengthen their heart in [Divine] service.

Positive Confession (Vidui) by R' Avi Weiss

We have loved

We have blessed

We have grown

We have spoken positively

We have raised up

We have shown compassion

We have acted enthusiastically

We have been empathetic

We have cultivated truth

We have given good advice

We have respected

We have learned

We have forgiven

We have comforted

We have been creative

We have stirred

We have been spiritual activists

We have been just

We have longed for the Land [of Israel]

We have been merciful

We have given full effort

We have supported

We have contributed

We have repaired

עין איה על משנה מעשר שני ה:י

 

נתנה לנו התורה דרך להתעוררות

שצריך האדם שישמח גם כן לפעמים

בביטוי שפתיים על מעשה הטוב אשר עשה

וכפי המדה הראויה

לחזק לבבו בעבודה

וידוי חיובי של הרב אבי וייס

אָהַבְנוּ

בֵּרַכְנוּ

גָּדַלְנוּ

דִִִּבַּרְנוּ יֹפִי

הֶעֱלִינוּ

חַסְנוּ

זֵרַזְנוּ

חָמַלְנוּ

טִפַּחְנוּ אֱמֶת

יָעַצְנוּ טוֹב

כִּבַּדְנוּ

לָמַדְנוּ

מָחַלְנוּ

נִחַמְנוּ

סָלַלְנוּ

עוֹרַרְנוּ

פָּעַלְנוּ

צָדַקְנוּ

קִוִּינוּ לָאָרֶץ

רִחַמְנוּ

שָקַדְנוּ

תָּמַכְנוּ

תָּרַמְנוּ

תִּקַּנּוּ

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