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On Yom Kippur, while we say אשמנו, בגדנו...; we have become guilty, we have betrayed…, we sing it to a
tune. If one were to enter court, would he sing his sins? So, why do we recite
this in a tune?
The Gemara says the Shofar is
blown when we sit and again when we stand כדי לערבב
confuse the Satan. Rashi explains that the
Satan is unable to prosecute, as he is confounded when he hears how we hold
Hashem’s Mitzvos so beloved. R’ Akiva Eiger (1761-1837) asks that just because
the Mitzvos are beloved to us, that is why he doesn’t say over our sins?
The Gemara teaches that זדונות נעשו כזכיות; through Teshuva out of love, willful sins are counted as
merits. This is what Rashi means-
once the Satan will see that the Mitzvos are beloved by us, as we do it in a
loving way, so he is scared to relate our sins since for each sin he says, it
will increase our merits and Mitzvos.
In this light, we can
comprehendיבקש את עון ישראל...; the
iniquity of the Jews will be sought…as sins are there to increase our merits.
With this, we can grasp why Hashem is exacting in judgment with Tzadikim כחוט
השערה; even to
the extent of a hairsbreadth- minor misdeed. This is because each minuscule
infraction can be transformed into merits through Teshuva. In light of what we
said, we can explain why we recite אשמנו... with a
tune, since it will all turn into merits through our Teshuva.
Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’
Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from
R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for
various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a
suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is
passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
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