Forgiveness is an algorithm

December 17, 2013

It is human to sin. Regularly. But it is also human to look for forgiveness, to counteract everyday sins: a ritual, a prayer, a friend who will listen to confession and tell you it’s not so bad. 

According to Jewish tradition, you can unburden yourself via chicken , and the ritual, called kapparot, is simple: On the eve of Yom Kippur, take a live chicken by its leg and swing it around your head three times, while reciting, “This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my atonement. This rooster (hen) will go to its death, while I will enter and proceed to a good long life and to peace,” thrice. Sacrifice the chicken, distribute it amongst the poor, and be free of sin.


But for the squeamish and soft-hearted, skip chicken-killing in favor of non-violent Jainism on Kshamavani Diwas, or the Day of Forgiveness. It’s a day for going to temple, recounting your sins, reading prayers, and asking forgiveness from all your friends, family and acquaintances by saying: “Micchami Dukkadam" or "Uttam Kshama": “May all the evil that has been done be fruitless.

Instead of chasing down the people you’ve wronged in person,  -and far easier than attacking innocent poultry- it’s increasingly acceptable to make “Micchami Dukkadam" your Facebook status and simply tag your family and friends, or even just to invite your friends to like the page Micchami Dukkadam  on Facebook.

 

Blogpost courtesy of Smit Zaveri

Image by Gady Munz via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project