Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year is quickly approaching. (Starts eve of September 17th and ends sundown on the 18th.) It is a day to reflect on the past year and offer repentance to G-d for any wrongdoings.
I have always questioned a once a year repentance. I don’t feel comfortable waiting until Yom Kippur rolls around, to say “I’m sorry” if I’ve been guilty of any wrongdoings against G-d or another human being. I also question the Judeo/ Christian belief that G-d (or in Christianity… his son) can absolve me of any or all my sins.
I believe strongly in the let’s be held accountable for our daily actions philosophy and if that includes a daily dose “I’m sorry I ruffled your feathers” or some other form of apology, that’s what works for me!
For me, Yom Kippur is a good time to pray for the world….For the starving and suffering, victims of war, abuse and all the calamities we hear about every day. It’s a good time to reflect on how blessed I am to have a roof over my head, food in my belly and loved ones to share my life with.
And with all that said…Amen.