The Hebrew translation of the phrase, “I am sorry,” is selicha. It is a concept that weighs heavy on our minds during this season.
As we begin to prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days, it is important to take time to consider the actions and behaviors of this past year for which we are sorry. This process will officially begin on Friday night at a special service called Selichot (which means “apologies”). Through special songs and meditations, we will formally mark the beginning of the penitential season at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism.
Whether it is through a special worship service or through private moments of introspective contemplation, this is the time to begin to examine our behaviors over the past year and prepare our spirits for reconciliation and renewal.