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In Musaf of Yom Kippur, we say a prayer (page 574 in the Artscroll Machzor) which begins “umerov avoneinu ein lanu:” and then it goes through a double acrostic of things we no longer have, beginning with ishim and asham (aleph). Then badim and b’lulot (bet) etc.

But when it gets to vav, the two options are vidui and par chatat! Why no double Vav? I hesitate to think that the composer couldn't find another word or phrase to fit in. I can see that those two ideas are related but for every other letter, two words/phrases which begin with the same letter are listed. Why would it be different for this one letter?

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    Ever notice what the vav is in the ashamnus? Vihirshanu. Vav words are not so easy to come by. Look in the vav section of tehilim 119. – user6591 Oct 13 '16 at 22:17
  • הועד ותיקות לח"י עולמין – kouty Oct 13 '16 at 22:32
  • Re "for every other letter, two words/phrases which begin with the same letter are listed": I don't have it before me but seem to recall that for פ the poem uses לא פרכת ולא כפרת, in which case ו isn't the only one without two words beginning with it in its line. – msh210 Oct 14 '16 at 0:14
  • @msh210 yes, I saw that afterwards. I'm not sure if those two are so poetically or thematically closely related that it provides an exception. – rosends Oct 14 '16 at 0:54
  • @user6591 There are enough other prayers which have vav words and the other lettered words are often arcane. I can't believe that a vav word couldn't have been found. IIRC the samech words in the Al Chet are "sins" but that isn't because there are no chataim starting with samech. – rosends Oct 14 '16 at 0:56

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