השִׁיבֵנוּ יְהֹוָה אֵלֶיךָ וְנָשׁוּבָה
“Bring us back to you, H’, and we will return”*
Yes, we shall return, yes, we will come back,
though a checkpoint stands before us,
an interrogation booth, the place of close examination.
Who would confess sins without certainty of forgiveness?
Who would face shame without expectation of forgiveness?
Who would discard masks of virtue without assurance of forgiveness?
Cover our iniquities
wash away the stains
offer us the life realigned.
Show us a sign, and we shall return.
Strengthen our faith, and with no sign at all
we will come back.
*Lamentation 5:21, with special significance on the High Holidays
© 2012 Jonathan Omer-Man