Arise and Shine

Ashamnu — The Confession
By Maayan Jaffe
ASHAMNU: We have become desolate.
BAGADNU: We have betrayed our potential, our families, God Himself.

GAZALNU: We have stolen.
DEBARNU DOFI: We have spoken with “two mouths” — we have been hypocritical.
HEYVINU: We have made things crooked.
VI’HIRSHANU: And we have made others wicked. We have forced others into destructive responses.
ZADNU: We have sinned intentionally.

CHAMASNU: We have been violent.
TAFALNU SHEKER: We have become desensitized to dishonesty.
YATZNU RA: We have given bad advice.
KIZAVNU: We have disappointed God, ourselves and others by not living up to our promises.
LATZNU: We have been contemptuous. We have diminished the importance of people and values that deserve respect.
MARADNU: We have rebelled.
NI’ATZNU: We have enraged people.
SARARNU: We have turned aside. We have confronted truth and looked the other way. We have chosen ease over morality.
AVINU: We fallen victim to our impulses.
PASHANU: We have broken standards of behavior that we know to be right and then justified this because of our egotism.
TZARARNU: We afflicted others.
KISHINU OREF: We have been stiff-necked.
RISHANU: We have been wicked.
SHICHATNU: We have been immoral.
TA’INU: We have erred.

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