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TuviaDulin comments on Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want To Become Stronger) - Less Wrong

111 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 27 March 2007 05:49PM

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Comment author: TuviaDulin 20 September 2011 06:12:43AM 5 points [-]

While I understand the point you're trying to make - and agree with it - I think your Yom Kippur analogy is flawed. The idea behind the litany is that we're praying for forgiveness for the sins of all of mankind. Even if you, personally, have not stolen, there's someone in the world who has, and you're praying for him too. That's why its worded in the plural ("we have stolen," as opposed to "I have stolen").

Just sayin'.

Comment author: volya 15 October 2013 08:27:05AM *  1 point [-]

As far as I learned, it is community-wide and not humanity-wide. Judaism is rather a tribal religion in this matter.

Comment author: TuviaDulin 25 December 2013 04:20:09PM 1 point [-]

Regardless, there is a good reason for the plural pronoun.