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Kvitel Submission 5783/2022

Engaging with our Inner Prayers on Yom Kippur

Every year Jews gather to wrestle with our inner selves and to consider how it is that we might approach the New Year. One wishing to connect with God on this auspicious day offers words of tradition but can also offers words of the one’s
conscience and heart.

When people travel to Israel it is common for them to visit the Kotel, the Western Wall, and it is quite normal that they place a kvitel, a small piece of paper on which one pens a petitionary prayer, in a crevice of the Kotel as a “note to God”. We wish to invite every member of CBS to do likewise for Yom Kippur this year.

This personal act of ‘letter writing to God’ is an added gesture of petition which enhances one’s opportunity to reach out to God in a new way. We hope this will help bring your various prayers to God in a most intimate manner.

We shall allow the collections of notes to remain in the Ark until after the holiday of Sukkot, when one’s complete Judgment by God is said to be finalized. After that time we will respectfully encase these notes in a container and bury them in our CBS Genizah outside of the Winter Garden.

May God seal you and your loved ones in The Book of Life. 

Please return by Monday, October 3rd.
If you have questions, contact Lisa Weisner, 847-498-4100x29 ot LWeisner@BethShalomNB.org

Mon, October 3 2022 8 Tishrei 5783