Jewish thinking tries to strike a balance between responsibility and forgiveness.
How the Day of Atonement was marked before the destruction of the Second Temple.
Acknowledging sins allows for individual purification.
After the destruction of the second Temple, the focus of the holiday changes.
We must be cleansed from the polluting effects of sin.
There are five factors in teshuvah (repentance), each of which can be a starting point for the entire process.
Yom Kippur culminates the process of repentance begun before Rosh Hashanah.