The concept of confession crosses many faiths. It is not the exclusive domain of Catholicism nor protestantism.
At this time of year, Jews around the world are marking Yom Kippur in the traditional way with a prayer of supplication to God. It is not just a confession of the individual, but of the community. It is a means to make the worshipper aware of their failings and to focus them to repair their behavior over the following year.
But confession in Judaism does not automatically grant resolution as it may in other faiths. One must not only confess, but make amends for past failings and strive to not repeat them. Only when they have completed these three steps can they consider themselves truly repentant. It is the individual that must take the responsibility to confess and repair the damages. It is not for the community to decide the level of sincerity of the petitioner. Each person is responsible for their own actions and inactions. They must each make a personal effort and thereby effect the culture of the community.
The following is the translation of the vidduy section of the Yom Kippur service as published by The Rabinnical Assembly in 1972.
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