Jewish rapper Ari Lesser urges us to "learn lots of Torah, make tons of money with a year that's sweeter than Apples and honey." But also to "give all the chairty you can spare and show the poor people how much you care."
After a tumultuous year in which nothing defined the news so much as its ability to divide us, in which our personal lives surely contained more than a few episodes of miscommunication and misunderstood words, we come to Yom Kippur, when it is possible for all our sins to be forgiven. But that takes an effort on our part to not only pray to the Almighty, but to approach, talk with, listen to and attempt to reconcile with those we have wronged during the past year. So we are not cleansed by God without a coming to terms among ourselves in this, the most broken of worlds, below.