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Friday, September 13, 2013

Unloading Your Sins: There’s An App For That

A couple of eScapegoat confessions are displayed at escgoat.com. (eScapegoat screengrab)

A couple of eScapegoat confessions are displayed at escgoat.com. (eScapegoat screengrab)

If you can tweet, then you can atone. That’s what some are saying about a new online tool called “eScapegoat,” a creation of the non-profit media production company “G-dcast.”

On the eScapegoat website, escgoat.com, guilty consciences can unload  their sins — no more than 120 characters — which are then tweeted out online @sinfulgoat. More than 15,000 users have made confessions, from trivial to heartbreaking.

Website says, “The eScapegoat is roaming the Internet collecting sins before Yom Kippur. Like in Bible Times, only nerdier!” It goes on to explain the backstory:

In Bible Times, Israelites atoned with sacrifices. Once a year, on what we now call Yom Kippur, the High Priest placed all the Israelites’ sins on a goat and set it loose in the wilderness. Today we reflect and try to clean our slates during Elul, the Hebrew month before Yom Kippur.

“Yom Kippur is not all doom and gloom,” G-dcast founder and director Sarah Lefton told Here & Now. “It can be incredibly uplifting if you do it right.”

Guest

  • Sarah Lefton, founder and director of G-dcast, a non-profit media production company.

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