n. A prayer recited on Yom Kippur.
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
אשמנו 'we have sinned'
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
"It is customary to tap over the heart with the right hand during the prayer. The Ashamnu is in the form of an acrostic, with a sin listed for each letter of the alphabet. For example, 'we abuse, we betray, we are cruel.'" (JPS)
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