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Why do we beat our chests when saying the confession prayers?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus

  

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It’s as if we’re saying to the heart (the home of desire): “You caused me to mess up.”

Source: Mateh Efraim #607.

(An old Chassid once said: Make sure your heart doesn’t think it’s receiving a pat on the back.)


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Chassid
(Pl.: Chassidim; Adj.: Chassidic) A follower of the teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), the founder of "Chassidut." Chassidut emphasizes serving G-d with sincerity and joy, and the importance of connecting to a Rebbe (saintly mentor).