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— English translation —
Vatican 18 July 2017
Rabbi Abraham Skorka,
For many years now, I write to you to wish a happy new Jewish year to you, your family, your Benei Tikva Community, along with all the friends of Buenos Aires.
Rosh Hashanah* and the Day of Forgiveness (Yom Kippur)** are a time of introspective reflection within the confines of the Hebrew tradition. They begin in oneself, in the hope that the attitude will spread to all who form the great human family.
That the prayers to be recited, those that we shared years ago, when you invited me to Benei Tikva, and that I keep in the memory and the heart, are welcomed with favor by God, and may they awaken in everyone a commitment of love and fraternity. Keep me in mind, as I will likewise (keep you in mind).
*Rosh HaShanah 2017 will begin in the evening of Wednesday, September 20 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 22
**Yom Kippur in 2017 will begin in the evening of Friday, September 29 and ends in the evening of Saturday, September 30
What are some of the prayers to be “recited” and “introspective reflection(s) within the confines” of Talmudic ritual to be performed which Francis, “hope(s) that the attitude will spread to all who form the great human family”?
Kaparot — Transferring your sins to a chicken, swinging it around your head and reciting magic Babylonian prayers!
Tashlikh — Transferring your sins to a piece of bread and casting it into water while saying Talmudic prayers!
Shofar — Blowing a ram’s horn to confuse the devil!
Kol Nidre — Reciting this infamous oath repudiating prayer!
Aramaic Textכָּל נִדְרֵי, וֶאֱסָרֵי, וּשְבוּעֵי, וַחֲרָמֵי, וְקוֹנָמֵי, וְקִנוּסֵי, וְכִנוּיֵי, דִנְדַרְנָא, וּדְאִשְתַּבַּעְנָא, וּדְאַחֲרִמְנָא עַל נַפְשָׁתָנָא. •מִיוֹם כִּפּוּרִים שֶׁעָבַר עַד יוֹם כִּפּוּרִים זֶה, וּ־־• ♦מִיוֹם כִּפּוּרִם זֶה עַד יוֹם כִּפּוּרִים הַבָּא עָלֵינוּ לְטוֹבָה.♦ בְּכֻלְהוֹן אִחֲרַטְנָא בְהוֹן. כֻּלְהוֹן יְהוֹן שָׁרָן, שְׁבִיקין, שְׁבִיתִין, בְּטֵלִן וּמְבֻטָלִין, לָא שְׁרִירִין, וְלָא קַיָמִין. נִדְרָנָא לָא נִדְרֵי, וֶאֱסָרָנָא לָא אֱסָרֵי, וּשְׁבוּעָתָנָא לָא שְׁבוּעוֹת.English Text
All vows, and prohibitions, and oaths, and consecrations, and konams and konasi and any synonymous terms, that we may vow, or swear, or consecrate, or prohibit upon ourselves, •from the previous Day of Atonement until this Day of Atonement and ...•♦from this Day of Atonement until the Day of Atonement that will come for our benefit.♦ Regarding all of them, we repudiate them. All of them are undone, abandoned, cancelled, null and void, not in force, and not in effect. Our vows are no longer vows, and our prohibitions are no longer prohibitions, and our oaths are no longer oaths.
Who needs Jesus the Christ and the Sacraments He Divinely-Instituted when one can settle for the rabbis and their man-made superstitions?
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