Tonight, at sunset, marks the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is the day where Jews ask God for forgiveness for all the sins we have personally committed over the previous year.
The creators of the prayerbook we use at our temple have been gracious enough to make a list of all the sins that could have been perpetrated by a congregant over the past year (i.e., the sin of spreading gossip, the sin of pride, the sin of being selfish).
However, while I will definitely run through that list and ask for forgiveness for all of them just to cover all of my bases, there is one particular specific item that I must atone for over the past 365 days.
I must atone for the sin of yelling at my children over minor infractions. (I think that falls under the sins of anger and pride)
In addition to the Lord, we are also directed to ask for forgiveness from those we have wronged. So tonight I will ask for forgiveness from my three kids who shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of yelling.