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ודוי | Vidui by Rabbi Avi Weiss


אָהַבְנוּ,
בֵּרַכְנוּ,
גָּדַלְנוּ,
דִּבַּרְנוּ יֹפִי
We have loved,
We have blessed,
We have grown,
We have spoken positively.

הֶעֱלִינוּ,
וְחַסְנוּ,
זֵרַזְנוּ,
חָמַלְנוּ,
טִפַּחְנוּ אֱמֶת
We have raised up,
We have shown compassion,
We have acted enthusiastically,
We have been empathetic,
We have cultivated truth.

יָעַצְנוּ טוֺב,
כִּבַּדְנוּ,
לָמַדְנוּ,
מָחַלְנוּ,
נִחַמְנוּ,
סָלַלְנוּ,
עוֺרַרְנוּ,
פָּעַלְנוּ,
צָדַקְנוּ,
קִוִּינוּ לָאָרֶץ
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 Israel.

רִחַמְנוּ,
שָׁקַדְנוּ,
תָּמַכְנוּ,
תָּרַמְנוּ,
תִּקַּנּוּ
We have been merciful,
We have given full effort,
We have supported,
We have contributed,
We have repaired.

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez writes, “Rav Avi spoke to us a few times as he was working through [composing] this [vidui] and I am truly moved by it. Let us not only remember and confess our wrong doings, but also what we did right this year.”

For another life affirming vidui, read Rabbi Binyamin Holtzman’s Complementary Vidui” inspired by the teaching of Rav Kook that “just as there is great value to the confession of sins… there is also great value to the confession of mitzvot (our positive deeds), which gladdens the heart and strengthens the holy paths of life!” (Ayn Aya, tractate Maaser sheni, chapter 7, mishna 10).

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