A ‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ post by Rebecca Masinter
Leviticus 16 describes the service of the High Priest on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). An integral part of both the High Priest’s work on Yom Kippur as well as each individual’s Yom Kippur and repentance process is an oral confession (16:21). It isn’t enough to feel regret for one’s sins or to think about changing or even to make a decision to repent and improve. Speaking aloud is a necessary component. Why?
We all know how many thoughts move through a person’s head each day. We have so many ideas, plans, inspirations, resentments that pop into our heads and most of them fly right out. Ideas are filled with potential, but unless we do something concrete to actualize them, they disappear. Their energy dissipates. The very act of taking an idea and verbalizing it, saying it out loud so our ears can hear it, makes it real. Our ideas begin to have power when we verbalize them, because only after we say a thought and hear ourselves say it, does it become real to us. A thought is fleeting, but a word begins to build reality.