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In the confession, why do we say “but we and our FATHERS have sinned?”

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus

  

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The Chassidic master, Reb Elimelech of Lizensk, explained that you don’t want to incriminate yourself entirely in front of the prosecuting angel. So leave yourself an escape hatch by blaming it on some level on our ancestors. Incriminating them is not a concern, since they are already safe and sound in the Garden of Eden. (See also Etz Yosef on Otzar Hatefilot who gives the same explanation.)

(This does not mean that you should not take full responsibility for your actions. You should. Here we’re talking about the specific spiritual concept of not incriminating yourself.)

Source: Noam Elimelech on Vayishlach


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Chassidic
(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).