A learning moment…
Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement” for Jews all around the world, is both solemn and introspective. A website, www.reformjudaisn.org, describes this as:
“the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. Part of the High Holidays, which also includes Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar…
Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with God, our fellow human beings, and ourselves. We are commanded to turn to those whom we have wronged first, acknowledging our sins and the pain we might have caused. At the same time, we must be willing to forgive and to let go of certain offenses and the feelings of resentment they provoked in us.”
In some senses, I regret and ignored my colleagues and friends because of rudeness and short-tempered arrogance this year, and to them, I apologize.
But most of all, to remind all of us that there is:
- honesty and
that we strive each day to better ourselves. Genteel and openness should be always on our minds, and toward the end, we can all be in the “book of life.”