Al Chet 3
Category: Al Chet (Confession)
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
3. For the mistakes we committed before You without thinking (or without knowledge).
Every day, we should pray to God for the ability to think and reason. A clear mind is integral to our growth and development. If we're riding in a car and staring aimlessly out the window, then for those precious moments we are nothing more than zombies.
Do I carefully examine my society and surroundings, weighing out what is right and what is wrong?
Do I constantly review my major goals in life?
Do I strive for a constant awareness of the presence of God?
Is one of my goals in life to be a "thinking" individual?
Al Chet 3
The 44 Roots of Mistakes
by George Brock
3. For the mistakes made without thinking....
- Every day a Jew prays to G-d for the ability to think and reason.
- The battle is between focus and too many minds.
- The cause is that one's thoughts need focus - the enemy of focus is too many minds.
- The victory is when one becomes single-minded
- One must live in the moment.
- If one lives in the past one robs one's present.
- If one lives in the future one is living an illusion.
- The goal is to prevent mistakes.
- It is easier to prevent mistakes than it is to correct mistakes.
- One must be shown one's weakness in order to understand one's strength.
- One cannot defeat oneself, yet G-d judges one by one's potential.
- So one must face one's flaws (the ways of men), repent, and practice self discipline (the will of G-d).
- G-d created instincts, and He created Torah as its antidote.
- If one would choose Torah (wisdom) over one's animal instincts one would overcome the mistakes made without thinking.