Vayikra: Chapter 50

"I acknowledge my sin to you"


Rabbi Chiya tells us that a man can only open the gate of penitence if he reveals his sins to God, and even more so if he cries. Confession of sins causes Mercy to overpower Judgment, and glorifies God. There are two glorifications, one in this world and one in the World to Come. Rabbi Shimon says that David addressed the words in the title psalm to the kingdom of heaven, that is a messenger or a mediator. He adds that peace offerings are brought by confession. Anyone who wants a favor from the King should bring the unison of the Holy Name with all his will from below upward and from above downward; then in this unison he can include his petition.