על חטא | For the Sin of Torture: A Communal Confession by Rabbi Ed Feld

Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

עַל חֵטְא שֶׁחָטָאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ בְּעַלִימַת עַיִן.‏
For the sin which we have committed before You for averting our eyes.

עַל חֵטְא שֶׁחָטָאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ בְּסְטִימַת אוֹזֶן.‏
For the sin which have committed before You for closing our ears.

עַל חֵטְא שֶׁחָטָאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ בְּפַּחְדָנוּת יְתֵירָה.‏
For the sin which we have committed before you through excessive fear.

עַל חֵטְא שֶׁחָטָֽאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ בְּהַקְטָנַת צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים.‏
For the sin which we have committed before You through diminishing the image of God.

עַל חֵטְא שֶׁחָטָאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ בְּיִסוּרים וְעִנוּיִים שֶׁגָמַלְנוּ לַזוּלַת.‏
For the sin which we have committed before You for the suffering and torture committed on others.

עַל חֵטְא שֶׁחָטָאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ בְּאַלִימוּת שֶׁנַעַשָׂה בִּשְׁמֵנוּ.‏
For the sin which we have committed before You with the violence done in our name.

וְעַל חֵטְא שֶׁחָטָאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ בְּיוֹדְעִים וּבְלֹא יוֹדְעִים.‏
For the sin which we have committed before You with our full knowledge or without our knowledge.

וְעַל כֻּלָּם, אֱלוֹהַּ סְלִיחוֹת, סְלַח לָנוּ, מְחַל לָנוּ, כַּפֶּר-לָנוּ.‏
For all these sins, forgiving God, forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement.
V’al kulam eloah s’liḥot, s’laḥ lanu, m’ḥal lanu, kaper lanu.

רבנים למען זכויות האדם-צפון אמריקה, ימים נוראים תשס”ח (5768/2008)‏


This liturgy is based on the traditional public confession of sins on Yom Kippur and is meant to complement the existing al ḥet found in the maḥzor. This prayer written by Rabbi Ed Feld in 2007 for Yom Kippur 5768 was first published at the website of RHR-NA (now T’ruah).

1 comment to על חטא | For the Sin of Torture: A Communal Confession by Rabbi Ed Feld

  • Avatar Jarrod

    How beautiful a soul and heart and mind to create such a prayer. Let us all keep our eyes and ears open and live the words ” Never again!” But mean for all people of the world.

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