A Yom Kippur confession: “I have sinned against Thee by criticizing Your Jewish leaders in a public forum”

In a few days, it will be the Jewish Day of Atonement, also known more or less awkwardly as “Yom Kippur”.

On this day, Jews are expected to undergo a grueling fast, 25 hours in length, that not only forbids eating and drinking, but also showering and brushing your teeth, such that you are not only hungry and thirsty but also dirty and smelly by the end of it.

Even more humiliating is the fact that you must repeatedly and publicly confess your sins, even the ones you didn’t actually commit.