על חטא שחטאנוּ (Donald Trump’s Mouth)

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The Jewish moral tradition makes a big deal about language. Heading towards the Day Of Atonement is a little juxtaposition — Donald Trump’s mouth and a wee bit of the long confession from the Yom Kippur liturgy, “for the sins we have sinned.” The confession seems rather to the point about the violence we commit with words:

And for the sin which we have committed before You with an utterance of the lips.

For the sin which we have committed before You with immorality.

And for the sin which we have committed before You openly or secretly.

For the sin which we have committed before You with knowledge and with deceit.

And for the sin which we have committed before You through speech.

For the sin which we have committed before You by deceiving a fellowman.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by improper thoughts.

For the sin which we have committed before You by a gathering of lewdness

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About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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One Response to על חטא שחטאנוּ (Donald Trump’s Mouth)

  1. zjb says:

    Reblogged this on jewish philosophy place and commented:

    Reposting this one ahead of the fast: Trump’s mouth, same sin, new year, the only difference being that, now, this year Trump is president. An easy fast to all who are fasting.

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