Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Amidah - part 6 - Forgiveness

Continuing with the Amidah!

Right after Repentance, we look at Forgiveness -- related, but distinct concept:

Pardon us, our Father, for we have sinned; forgive us, our King, for we have transgressed; for You are a good and forgiving G‑d. Blessed are You L-rd, gracious One who pardons abundantly.

We are not begging for forgiveness due to any merit of ours, just appealing to G*d's "abundant" grace and forgiveness.

I recently read on a Christian site that the Lord's Prayer is derived from the short form of the Amidah (remember, Jesus was Jewish, and what he taught his disciples was Judaism, no more or less!).  You can certainly see in the treatment of repentance and forgiveness the roots of the Christian understanding of grace.

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