The Kabbalah Coach provides some ancient wisdom on this difficult subject.
On Yom Kippur, we’re supposed to pray with all of our hearts. We’re supposed to be vulnerable. With the added timing of National Coming Out Day, I think we should be even more so.
How filmmaker Gayle Kirshenbaum learned to forgive her emotionally abusive mother and in doing so created a movement.
King David and Gen. Petraeus both betrayed their vows. So why did ancient Jews forgive their king, while we cannot offer our modern-day cheater a second chance?
The High Holidays don’t work for me. I know that Yom Kippur is supposed to be the holiest day of the year, and I’ve read and listened to many great ideas about how Yom Kippur is supposed to work on supreme spiritual issues and in sanctifying relationships and community. And I’ve been trying it out for a few decades now. But it just doesn’t work, and I think I finally figured out why.
The Jewish New Year is a time for judgment and reflection, not celebration. We gather to take stock and consider all of the ways we have fallen short, sinned and transgressed. We beat our chests, and each pounding represents a sin that either we — or some other member of the community — committed over the previous year.