סְלַח לָנוּ. מְחַל לָנוּ. כַּפֶּר לָנוּ, forgive us, forgive us, and forgive us. Doesn’t it sound like we are repeating ourselves? OK, I know ArtScroll translated these words as: forgive us, pardon us, atone for us. Still, don’t all these words mean the same thing?
Perhaps we can answer this question by looking at the numerical value of the words. The word סְלַח equals 98, the same as the curses in the תוכחה, the Rebuke in Parashas Ki Savo. Thus, we are asking that first of all, please forgive us for any sins that allowed us to be deserving, Heaven forbid, to be punished with the 98 curses. The word מחל is associated with the word מחול, which means to dance. One of the most important components of Yom Kippur is to appease one’s friend. In this way we become like the angels on high who have only love and affection for each other. The word מחל in א”ת ב”ש is יסכ, which equals the same numerical value as the word מלאך, angel. The word כפר means atone. The word יכפר equals in gematria 310, and in the future HaShem will grant every righteous Jew 310 worlds.
HaShem should allow us to be spared the 98 curses and we should merit appeasing each other, becoming angelic, and meriting 310 worlds of the righteous.
Have a Gmar Chasima Tova and a Good Shabbos!