On Yom Kippur, three Hevreh members shared their perspectives and their stories on the Gates of T’filah (prayer), T’shuvah (Repentance), and Tzedakah (Justice). The following is the reflection on the Gates of T’shuvah, by Lyn Yonack. Back in the day, back in East Texas, when I was first introduced to God, it was a paternalistic God I met. Fatherly in all sorts of ways. At best, protective, all knowing, all powerful, on top of his game. And mine. Lord. King. Sovereign. Judge.
Mavis Jackson  lived in Anaheim, California. Each Sunday, while running errands she would drive past the Crystal Cathedral, a huge Catholic church on a beautiful campus. She would think to herself each time she passed that she would go there for a service sometime. One Sunday morning, she finally did. She dressed up in her Sunday finest and thought, “Today is the day.” “No,” the woman replied, “I’m visiting from the midwest.” She then offered, “I’m actually here on a missi