Cleaning up our homes often involves sweeping the floors, scrubbing the countertops, and tossing clothing into closets before guests arrive. Rarely, do we get down on our hands and knees and clean up the hard-to-reach layers of shmutz. My teacher and colleague, Rabbi Sharon Brous, suggests that Yom Kippur is a day of spiritual and moral deep cleansing, a day for us to begin to work through our own layers of shmutz.
On this Yom Kippur, we should strive to go beyond scrubbing the surface of our actions. Let us reflect on our experiences of the past year and think about how a deep cleaning will set us on the path for a more fulfilling year ahead.