Yom Kippur prayer sampling


Dear friends


I observe Judaism and Yom Kippur ended tonight (Oct. 12)  So, I thought i would give you an idea of some of the prayers we say in synagogue this time of year.

Indeed, some of these will seem archaic — not many people “die by beast’  these days, and even some of the sins we confess may not seem relevant to the modern era.

However, I offer this for your edification.  L’Shanah Tovah




(The “Al Chet” confession of sins is said ten times in the course of the Yom Kippur services: Following the Amidah of the afternoon prayers of the day before Yom Kippur; just before sunset on Yom Kippur Eve; and twice during each of the following services–the evening service of yom Kippur eve, and the morning service, the Musaf service and the afternoon service of Yom Kippur day–once at the end of the Silent Amidah, and once during the cantor’s repitition of the Amidah.)

For the sin which we have committed before You under duress or willingly.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by hard-heartedness.

For the sin which we have committed before You inadvertently.

And for the sin which we have committed before You with an utterance of the lips.

For the sin which we have committed before You with immorality.

And for the sin which we have committed before You openly or secretly.

For the sin which we have committed before You with knowledge and with deceit.

And for the sin which we have committed before You through speech.

For the sin which we have committed before You by deceiving a fellowman.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by improper thoughts.

For the sin which we have committed before You by a gathering of lewdness.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by verbal [insincere] confession.

For the sin which we have committed before You by disrespect for parents and teachers.

And for the sin which we have committed before You intentionally or unintentionally.

For the sin which we have committed before You by using coercion.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by  desecrating the Divine Name.

For the sin which we have committed before You by impurity of  speech.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by foolish  talk.

For the sin which we have committed before You with the evil  inclination.

And for the sin which we have committed before You knowingly or unknowingly.

For all these, God of pardon, pardon us, forgive us, atone for us. 

For the sin which we have committed before You by false denial and lying.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a bribe-taking or a bribe-giving hand.

For the sin which we have committed before You by scoffing.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by evil talk  [about another].

For the sin which we have committed before You in business  dealings.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by eating  and drinking.

For the sin which we have committed before You by [taking or  giving] interest and by usury.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a haughty demeanor.

For the sin which we have committed before You by the prattle of our lips.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a glance of the eye.

For the sin which we have committed before You with proud looks.

And for the sin which we have committed before You with impudence.

 For all these, God of pardon, pardon us, forgive us, atone for us. 

For the sin which we have committed before You by casting off the yoke [of Heaven].

And for the sin which we have committed before You in passing judgment.

For the sin which we have committed before You by scheming against a fellowman.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a begrudging eye.

For the sin which we have committed before You by frivolity.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by obduracy.

For the sin which we have committed before You by running to do evil.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by tale-bearing.

For the sin which we have committed before You by swearing in vain.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by causeless hatred.

For the sin which we have committed before You by embezzlement.

And for the sin which we have committed before You by a confused heart.

 For all these, God of pardon, pardon us, forgive us, atone for us.

And for the sins for which we are obligated to bring a burnt-offering.

And for the sins for which we are obligated to bring a sin-offering.

And for the sins for which we are obligated to bring a varying offering [according to one’s means].

And for the sins for which we are obligated to bring a guilt-offering for a certain or doubtful trespass.

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of lashing for rebelliousness.

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of forty lashes.

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of death by the hand of Heaven.

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of excision and childlessness.

And for the sins for which we incur the penalty of the four forms of capital punishment executed by the Court: stoning, burning, decapitation and strangulation.

For [transgressing] positive and prohibitory mitzvot, whether [the prohibitions] can be rectified by a specifically prescribed act or not, those of which we are aware and those of which we are not aware; those of which we are aware, we have already declared them before You and confessed them to You, and those of which we are not aware — before You they are revealed and known, as it is stated:The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things are for us and for our children forever, that we may carry out all the words of this Torah. ForYou are the Pardoner of Israel and the Forgiver of the tribes of Yeshurun in every generation, and aside from You we have no King who forgives and pardons.


This is the confessional in Hebrew and English transliteration:

אשמנו א ASHAMNU

בגדנו ב BAGADNU

גזלנו ג GAZLANU

דברנו דופי ולשון הרעד DIBARNU DOFI VELASHON HARAH

העוינו ה HEH’EHVENU

והרשענו ו VEHEERSHA’NU

זדנו ז ZADNU

חמסנו ח CHAMASNU

טפלנו שקר ומרמה ט TAFALNU SHEKER UMIRMAH

יעצנו עצות רעות י YA’ATZNU ATZOT RA’OT

כזבנו כעסנו כ KIZAVNU CA’ASNU

לצנו ל LATZNU


נאצנו נאפנו נ NIATZNU NIAFNU

סררנו ס SARARNU

עוינו ע AHVINU

פשענו פגמנו פ PASHA’NU PAGAMNU

צררנו צערנו אב ואם צ TZARARNU TZA’ARNU AV VEIM

קשינו ערף ק KISHINU OREF

רשענו ר RASHANU


תעבנו תעינו ותעתענות TEAVNU TAINU VETIATNU

There were less expensive and intrusive options for outside dining on King Street



In the June 16 Times Mirror article “Historic Downtown Confronts the New City,” restaurateur and downtown property owner Michael O’Connor and one of my opponents in the Town Council Election, Gwen Pangle, touted the  $1 million the town council spent to widen the sidewalk on South King Street and eliminate parking.

In that article, they said the expenditure was important to have outside dining.

Indeed, a number of restaurants on the block between Loudoun and Market have tables outdoors, but they are largely empty during the day time and with the sun beating down on them, it’s not a good option for many diners.

There is still $900,000 sitting in the town’s capital program to build the same boondoggle on North King Street, although probably only one restaurant would utilize it for outdoor dining.   In addition, Council is poised to spend $300,000 on a “water feature” at the Town garage on Loudoun Street, also on a wing and prayer it may bring more people to our Historic downtown.

Mr. O’Connor, who owns at least three buildings fronting King Street, and some other landowners, were the prime beneficiaries of this wider sidewalk, yet did not pay commensurate to the amount they would benefit in new customers and higher real estate values.

A much less expensive and more equitable option would have been to have prefabricated “parklets” that could have been placed in the parking space directly in front of the business that wanted it.  As you can see from the photo of the wooden one in Lexington, MA, it allows for outdoor dining in front of businesses that want them – and allows for it to be rented by that business, not paid by all taxpayers.

Town Staff presented to the Town Council during the 2013 controversy examples of “parklets” that were made of brick and blended into our sidewalks much better.  However this option was ignored due to a politically influential group of businesses and residents that wanted the entire sidewalk widened.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Rick’s and Crème-de-la-Crème have closed – in large part due to the lack of “feet on the street” but also insufficient parking.  And the Council has done nothing to replace the 20 spaces lost on South King Street due to the wider sidewalk.

Putting more “Feet on the street” was the message from the town/business joint study by the Urban Land Institute in 2007.  But some on Council are too fixated on sidewalks and streetscape, while ignoring the major impediments to downtown business viability – not enough parking where needed, not enough of a retail mix and probably most important, not enough of a clientele for businesses due to the overreliance on the County and town governments and courts.

It is my hope in this coming Council campaign that we can discuss better options for improving our downtown and not spend any more on wider sidewalks and streetscape.




Ken Reid

Former Leesburg District Supervisor and Council candidate





Announcing campaign for Leesburg Town Council, Vote. Nov. 8


Former Leesburg District Supervisor Ken Reid announces candidacy for Leesburg Town Council in Nov. 8, 2016 Elections

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Ken with his wife, Lynn, daughter, Lara, son Jamie, and Westie, Bentley

LEESBURG, VA – Former Leesburg District Supervisor Kenneth “Ken” Reid today (June 14) filed petitions with the County Board of Elections to seek his former seat on the Leesburg Town Council in November’s town races.
“I have been humbled by the many Leesburg residents and businesses owners who have asked me to continue in public service, especially given the problems they see and how some members of Council address them. It is always an honor to serve the people of Leesburg, and would feel privileged if I am allowed to work together after the Nov. 8 elections to ensure Leesburg is a great place to live, work and play.”
Specifically, Reid said residents have expressed concerns to him about how the Town handled snow removal on cul de sacs and side streets during the January storm; the picking of the interim mayor; spending more than $900,000 on a skateboarding park and $1 million on the wider sidewalk on King Street, instead of more-needy public works projects; traffic backups on Evergreen Mill Road near Heritage High School, and the Bypass; and the lack of retail mix and “feet on the street” in the historic downtown.
He also has found residents concerned with crime, gangs, traffic and affordability (i.e., new growth and taxes).
If elected to the Council, Reid said he plans to address the following issues:
1. Addressing backups on the U.S. 15 Bypass and on Evergreen Mill Road at Battlefield Parkway. Reid said he would like to continue discussions he began as Supervisor with Frederick County, MD, to address the traffic backups on the Leesburg Bypass. “I have been advocate for a new bridge to Maryland for 17 years, and I intend to take a leadership role in that and to seek Northern Virginia Transportation Authority approval to fund U.S. 15 improvements,” Reid said. As for completing Battlefield Parkway to Meade Drive, Reid faulted some on Council for not supporting condemnation of land on Evergreen Mill Road, which is needed to build the road. As a result of that decision, construction is delayed until the end of the year, meaning “Heritage High School students and parents, plus commuters, are still going to be stuck in traffic trying to take a southbound turn on Evergreen Mill .”
2. Scrutinizing spending and taxes; keeping Leesburg affordable. Calling himself a “fiscal hawk,” Reid vowed to ensure Leesburg residents get value for their money. He also noted that revenue from meals, cigarette and business taxes “are basically flat,” and the town has little debt capacity for needed projects. “This means there will be pressure to raise town taxes unless we prioritize spending better, especially on frivolous ‘downtown improvement projects’,” he added. Reid said the proposed skate park should not go to bid until either the town “secures sponsorship sponsorship funding from a private entity in advance of awarding a construction contract, or if it is scaled back in cost.” Reid also said he is skeptical of plans to approve 380 multi-family housing units in Crescent Parke on South King Street near Old Isaac Walton Park.
3. Taking a stronger stance at gangs and crime. Due to turnover, Leesburg’s police force is down by at least 16 sworn officers, “which the Council should be concerned with.” Reid said the Council’s current efforts to get the County Sheriff to patrol more in town are laudable, but “are really baby steps and may not yield much fruit without some additional funding and resource reallocations.”
4. Boosting downtown development and jobs, not more multi-family housing that creates traffic and schools impacts. Reid noted businesses continue to “come and go” in downtown Leesburg, and commercial values are down. He noted some on Council “are now poised to waste $300,000 on a ‘water feature’ at the Town Garage and has $900,000 sitting in our capital program for yet more brick sidewalks on North King Street.” The Urban Land Institute in 2007 counseled the town to “put more feet on the street.” Reid said he would like to convene a summit of town staff, downtown property owners and brokers and “identify any hurdles to bringing more livelihood downtown.” Reid said this could mean finding more places for young professionals and empty nesters to live, and thus bringing a broader customer base for downtown businesses so they can thrive. Reid also supports a Town study of one-waying portions of Loudoun and East Market Streets during weekday work hours to see if this could provide more street parking, which it might not do.
5. Working more proactively with the Board of Supervisors and General Assembly. Reid said the Council’s legislative agenda for the county and Richmond could be better and focused on ways to ensure “the Town taxpayers are not on the hook to pay for services we should be getting from the county, including some transit services.”
6. Reforming the engineering site plan process and institute further regulatory streamlining. Reid said it was an abomination that it took nearly two years for Chipotle to get its restaurant approved and nearly as long for Cornerstone Chapel. “I would like to investigate transferring some Plan Review functions to the County, which has a better time table for approving some of these applications.” At the same time, Reid said the Town needs better enforcement of zoning and architectural review approvals.
7. Communicating with the public better. Residents appreciated Reid’s “Leesburg Letter” e-newsletter as supervisor, which his successor unfortunately discontinued. He praised Mayor Dave Butler for having a good newsletter and felt the Town should have a regular e-newsletter and annual mailed letter to Town residents. He also said the Town needs do better with social media. Reid also supports better input from the town’s Boards and Commissions on issues before Council, which in turn must oversee what these commissions are doing and not doing.

Reid’s efforts as Supervisor helped keep the Courts and Government center in downtown Leesburg; secured state and regional funds to design interchanges at Edwards Ferry Road and the Bypass and at Battlefield Parkway and Route 7; got the Town to build a missing link of Miller Drive, which opened in 2013; funds to design and construct Crosstrail Boulevard between Route 7 and Sycolin Road; funding for new local fixed route buses including a bus to the Village at Leesburg and new commuter bus lot there (still pending); taking on Lyme disease through tick surveillance and increased awareness; bringing the Silver Line to Loudoun, financed by property owners at the future Metro stations, who also are to pay future Metro capital costs (not Leesburg and 95% of Loudoun homeowners); ensuring public school funding; improving ball fields at elementary and middle schools, notably an upcoming upgrade at Balls Bluff Elementary School.
“My hallmark is putting the emphasis on results and being proactive, not being reactive to issues, as well as working collaboratively with folks of all political stripes. I am proud of my record and trust the voters will see that in this campaign.”
Twice elected to the Leesburg Town Council in 2006 and 2010, Reid served as Leesburg District Supervisor from January 2012 to December 2015, serving on the Board’s Finance and Government Services Committee and Joint Board/School Board Committee, which he chaired in 2012.

On Council, Reid was liaison to the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Board of Architectural Review, Tree Commission, Economic Development Commission and Standing Residential Traffic Committee. He served on town and county commissions prior to his first election in 2006.
Reid is now in his 24th year in business as Editor and Publisher of Washington Information Source Co., a newsletter publisher and distributor of specialized manuals, books and electronic data bases for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies. Reid’s wife, Dr. Lynn Reid, is director of Loudoun County’s Area Agency on Aging, and his twins, James and Lara, are rising college juniors, educated in Loudoun public schools.
Reid will announce formal campaign kickoff plans in the near future.
His campaign web site is http://www.KenReid.org , Facebook page is http://www.Facebook.com/KenReidLeesburg. Reid’s office phone and email are (703) 779-8777, LeesburgReid@FDAINFO.com

Farewell e-newsletter from Supervisor Reid

Supervisor Reid bids farewell

Supervisor Reid with wife, Lynn, son, Jamie, daughter, Lara and Bentley, at their home in Leesburg.
(The following are Supervisor Reid’s prepared remarks for the Dec. 16 Board of Supervisors meeting, his last)
            Thank you very much for the time. Tonight, I will conclude nine consecutive years of elected service as Leesburg District Supervisor since 2012, including my five years as a Town Councilmember in Leesburg (2006 to 2011).
            Over the last few weeks, I was thinking about what I would say, and into my mind came this recollection of media interviews given by two people with very, very different career paths.
            The first is former Cleveland Browns running back and hall of famer Jim Brown and the other is a man with a very different career path, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Dr. David Kessler, who served from 1990 to 1997 and was key to building the modern science-driven FDA.
            I’m sure all of you have heard of Jim Brown, who astonished the sports world in 1966 when he retired from football to pursue a career in acting.  He was at the height of his career and gave it all up and he explained it this way: “Too many players stay too long. Too many players rely on the game. I retired because it was time to do other things.”
            Sure, I suppose I could have run for re-election and balanced a campaign, with my duties here and my publishing business, which is failing.  But I just knew it was going to eat me alive and I felt it was best to move on to something different.  Which I have.
            In September, I joined a great non-profit in Tyson’s where I am involved with promoting programs for promising high school students and high school science teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field.  And, I like it a lot.   It’s rewarding and interesting – and I get to take our commuter bus and Metro so I can see where we can make improvements.
            I consider it an honor and privilege that the voters of Leesburg elected me three times – twice on the council and once to this term of office.
            I am very proud of the work I did as Supervisor and Councilman and numerous people have come up to me to thank me for my service and yes, there are those persistent requests for me to run for Mayor of Leesburg next year.
            But I am most proud of the work this board did collectively the last four years.  We were very productive, and believe our record of accomplishments should have led to more of us in our party getting elected.
            We now have a mixed board – Democrats and Republicans – and I sincerely hope there will not be partisan bickering but working collaboratively with the newly elected supervisors.  Let’s not forget how the previous board became so fractured, to the point where some supervisors couldn’t even speak to each other.
            It’s also the first time we’ve been led in this county by a new face and someone who is untested, but again let’s give the new supervisors a chance and a honeymoon.
            I will continue to be involved, as I stated at the November 4 meeting.  I really can’t see myself just being a wall flower.  And, I will speak out if I see things that are wrong.
            I detest petty politics and the failure of some to communicate or to try meet someone half or part way.  I truly believe there is a lack of inertia on the town council and failure to address key issues.  I am prepared to be light under their tails if need be.
            Now, where does David Kessler come into this.  First of all, to remind you, I have been an editor writing about the activities of the FDA since 1986, so I covered Kessler in the 1990s, and recall an interview he did with “60 Minutes” where he made a comment about Washington political appointees.  He said: “In this town, we rent, we don’t own.  We rent.”
            And yes, we in elected office rent, too.  None of us here owns the seat or is so important to the running of the county or local government that someone else can’t do the job, too.  The voters do what they do and we have to respect that.  The Founding Fathers never intended for our local, state and national governments to be run by career politicians.  They fully intend for churn and that’s why elections are the way they are. Loudoun County is a great place and will survive no matter who is elected to the Board of Supervisors.
            But those serving in elected office in the U.S. are a select few. Before I ran for Council in 2006, I took a course in campaigning at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, and our lead-off speaker said that “serving in elected office was one of the highest callings someone can do with one’s life, other than serving in the military or clergy.” I would personally add police, fire and other first responders to that list.
            But only 250,000 Americans, according to a recent article, serve in elected office in the U.S. This includes councils, school boards, legislators, Congress, etc.  Some 250,000 people oversee the governance for some 319 million people. If you think about it, that’s a small number compared to those serving in the military, the clergy or as first responders, but the difference is, folks in those areas can make a living at it.  Very ,very few elected positions in the United States allow one to make a living at it, and more likely, you lose income and family time, as I have.
            But again as Dr. Kessler said, none of us owns the office, we rent it.  We rent. And none of us is so perfect or important to the running of a local governing body, or state legislature, or congress that someone else can’t do the job.  Nobody is perfect, – except the Almighty.
            With that, I wish to thank first and foremost my wife Lynn, my twins Jamie and Lara, who join me here tonight.  I also wish to pay tribute to the memory of my mother in law, Val Guardiani, who passed away in October and lived with us throughout much of my term in office.
            I also wish to thank my Rabbi , Leibel Fajland, and the folks at CHABAD Reston Herndon for helping change my life in a big way, too. I wish to thank God, too.
            I wish to thank my aides for being there for me, especially my current chief aide, Ben Svendsen, who needs a job. I wish to thank Mr. Hemstreet and our wonderful staff. I wish to thank my colleagues here and in the general assembly and those who hold constitutional offices.
But most of all the people of Leesburg and Loudoun County for giving me the honor of renting this seat for the past four years on this Board and the renting the previous five on the Leesburg Town Council.
            God bless.

Thanksgiving message from the Loudoun County administrator

This is a GREAT MESSAGE from our County administrator on the many accomplishments of our county staff this year and every year.  I echo his words 100 percent
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As we prepare for the Thanksgiving break, I want to take a moment to wish each of you a happy and safe holiday season. I hope that you enjoy your time away from work celebrating with family and food. While most of us will be off later this week, I’m mindful that many of you—particularly those in public safety—will be working. I’d like to extend a special thanks to those of you who will be on the job to keep our community safe and provide care for others over the holiday.
I am especially thankful for Loudoun County’s hard-working and dedicated workforce. Each year at this time, I like to pause to reflect on the great work that you have accomplished on behalf of our community. Together, you have achieved many important accomplishments in 2015. Consider just a few of them:
· Facilitated the acceptance of dozens of miles of new roadway into the state system and broke ground on or completed several major transportation and transit projects;
· Provided a safe environment for thousands of youth to play, meet, and congregate and met the increased demand for senior service referrals, recreation and other services to provide a thriving connected community;
· Provided shelter and care for nearly 2,000 lost, abandoned and homeless pets, reunited more than 400 lost pets with their families, and placed more than 900 cats, dogs and small animals into permanent homes;
· Assured access to books, the Internet, and a new literacy program that promotes reading among Loudoun’s children before entering kindergarten;
· Provided thousands of safety inspections on new and existing properties and licensed facilities to protect the public;
· Processed thousands of permits to owners of homes and businesses;
· Connected members of the community to a broad range of child care, adoption, employment training, affordable housing, health, and community assistance services;
· Increased commercial investment in our community to record levels that resulted in new businesses, jobs, and revenue for the County;
· Responded to countless calls for emergency help and transported hundreds of people to hospitals for care;
· Ensured the integrity of another election and promoted community participation by conducting voter outreach among Loudoun’s seniors and youth and by hosting informational sessions in the community;
· Investigated a number of domestic and criminal cases to protect children and others who cannot protect themselves; and
· Served as good stewards of taxpayer dollars with a commitment to strong procurement and fiscal management.
The County’s accomplishments are simply too numerous to list; however, it is clear that due to your collective efforts, we’ve had another successful year making a difference in the community. I am grateful for the contributions of each employee—the excellence and innovation that each of you brings to your work on a daily basis truly makes Loudoun County a great place in which to live, work, and play.
As the winter weather approaches, it is a good time for all of us to review our preparedness plans to ensure that you and your families are ready. Information about individual and family preparedness is posted online here. In addition, over the last few months, you were invited to set up an Employee Alerts profile, which will provide you with notifications should there be a change in the County’s operation status. If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to review the Employee Alerts information that is posted on the Employee Intranet.
Once again, I thank you for your service and I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Tim Hemstreet