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Daily Aliya for Acharei Mot, Shlishi (3rd Aliya)

Aliya Summary: After concluding the order of the Yom Kippur service in the Temple, the Torah instructs us to observe Yom Kippur as a Day of Atonement when we must abstain from work and “afflict” ourselves.

The Rambam says that there is “communal forgiveness”for “minor” offenses, but major sins require that the individual do their own Teshuva (repentance) . Even when there is “communal forgiveness”, an individual still has to be part of the community in order to benefit from it. One who distances themselves from the community does not receive the benefits of communal prayer, repentance, and atonement.