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Selichot Prayer

Selichot Prayer
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I stand before You, open-hearted and open-souled. You've seen my year, held me every step of this path. I stand before You.

I weep before You, revealed and breathless. You've been watching me learn, one lesson at a time. I weep tears of gratitude before You.

I sing before You, chest pounding the rhythm of every prayer inside me. Your quiet intensity permeates my very being. I sing before You.

I ask. I thank. I admit. I feel. I hope. I wonder. I cry. I sing. I breathe.

You. You. You. You. You. You. You.

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