forgiveness

The Art Of Forgiveness

Remembrance is always part of the Jewish consciousness; our calendar is linked throughout the year to events long past, to ancient rites, to ancient wrongs and to how our ancestors either succeeded or failed in their observance or existence. The High Holidays, though, are not only about remembrance; they are also about forgiving and forgetting — about conjuring up the past year, weighing the good and bad, of others perhaps, but especially of our selves, of letting go and hoping that our sins and misdemeanors of omission and commission, are let go as well.

Alex Mendoza, Untitled, from the series “Time and Place,” 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Elul Is A Time To Forgive Yourself, Too

If you read a lot of blogs and articles, particularly those focused on disability inclusion, it may seem like there a lot of “shoulds." This is how you should treat people with disabilities; this is how you should speak about people with disabilities; this is how you should include people with disabilities.

Maybe you read these “shoulds” and they spark within you an idea of a possibility and you are inspired to make a change. Or maybe you read them and find yourself feeling guilty.

Lisa Friedman

Am I Too Late? Seeking Forgiveness from Someone Who Has Passed Away

10/20/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

We all know that the work of asking for forgiveness from others is necessary, albeit difficult. What do we do when a person we have wronged has already passed away?

Rabbi Shuly Yanklowitz

The Long Road To Forgiveness

A pilgrimage to Uman, a family secret and a father-son reconciliation.
09/10/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For Rosh HaShanah, 5771, two years ago, I had dragged my father, a rabbi, and my younger brother to Uman, a blighted Ukrainian city halfway between Kiev and Odessa. We were ostensibly there for the purposes of a book I was working on: the book was about pilgrimage, more or less.

Gideon Lewis-Kraus’ book takes him from Santiago de Compostela to Rabbi Nachman’s grave in Ukraine.

Last Chance For Compassion?

04/16/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Is it ever too late to love and forgive? For Sadie Nussbaum, the crusty Jewish nonagenarian at the center of Miriam Kulick’s new one-woman show, “Open Hearts,” summoning up compassion may require every last ounce of her emotional strength.

Miriam Kulick plays a number of characters, including a 90-year-old, in her one-woman show, “Open Hearts.”

When To Apologize, And When Not To

09/12/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Talk of “apology” and “forgiveness” is all around us today, from the international diplomatic front, where Turkey and Egypt have insisted on Israeli apologies for recent actions, to the personal and communal level, where our thoughts turn to the approaching High Holy Days and the central theme of atoning for our sins.

We are taught to seek forgiveness when we have done wrong, but is it appropriate to apologize for an act that we believe merits no admission of guilt?

Gary Rosenblatt
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