Being a Shaliach Tzibur, a Servant of the Community: Lessons from Yom Kippur by Rabbi Mishael Zion

In the small minyan in Jerusalem where I spent the high holy days of my childhood, as the shaliach tzibur of mussaf would rise to start his prayers, a hush of trepidation would go through the congregation. It is a trepidation that I imagine many daveners feel before mussaf, as the chazzan opens the service with one of the most raw and open prayers in the machzor: Hineni, heAni miMa'as... "Here I am, a person of impoverished acts..." As we face moments where leadership is needed in the coming year - in our professions, family and community - this prayer holds some important insights on taking action in the world. Read more: