“I’m sorry.” It’s the hardest two words to say. Why is it so hard for us to admit our mistakes? Is it that we don’t want to face the fact that we made a mistake? Apologizing means moving into the future and rebuilding trust. The people we have the most trouble apologizing to are usually the most important people in our lives.
This Friday night, we begin Yom Kippur. The Day of Forgiveness is the last time before the Book of Life is sealed for the year. We are supposed to go to everyone we know and apologize for hurting them this year. My question when I was younger always was, “how do I know that when someone is apologizing that they truly mean it?” I was taught something very important about forgiveness. How do we know people are truly sorry? When someone apologizes to you, deny them the first time. If they ask a second time,no again. Only if they ask a third time do they truly wish to be forgiven. Personally, I’ve always thought that if you have the courage to apologize the first time, that’s enough for me.
This year, let’s make it a point to say ‘sorry’ with feelings in our heart, not as a formality. “No sin is so light that it may be overlooked. No sin is so heavy that it may not be repented of.” –Moses Ibn Ezra
Gemar Chatima Tovah, and have an easy fast!
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