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Playing Hide and Seek on Yom Kippur

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Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, describes the High Holidays as a game of hide and seek. It feels like God is hidden, so we seek. We try to hide, and God finds us.

In a usual year, as the sun sets, we gather in crowded sanctuaries to sing the Kol Nidre prayer whose words tells us we cannot hide from our misguided behavior.. Moreover, the Viddui (Confessional prayer), recited repeatedly throughout the day and in the plural, says we are one collective. Our successes are one another’s successes, and our failures also shared with one another. The same prayers speaks of God as צופה נסתרות, יודע מחשבות Knower of thoughts, Gazer into secrets and הלא כל הנסתרות והנגלות אתה יודע You indeed know all, both the hidden and the revealed. There is no hiding nor holding secrets.

This year, however, we sit alone in our homes, distanced from each other, separated from community. How much easier it is to hide, to hold secrets that might not be shared. And, we may think we can better guarding our secrets. After all, who will see us? We can simply tune out, attend a........

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