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My Public Apology for Yom Kippur 5777

If I have wronged you, intentionally or unintentionally.
If I wasn’t there for you when you needed me.
If I wasn’t there for you when you needed somebody, anybody.
And I was blind to your need or chose not to see it.

I am truly sorry.

For the times I chose my needs at the expense of yours.
For the times that I offended you.
For when I harbored resentment in my heart towards you,
For expecting you to know that you hurt me without communicating this to you.

I am truly sorry.

I hope in 5777
To be
A better wife.
A better sister.
A better daughter.
A better friend.
A better confidant.
A better teacher.
A better listener.
A better person.

For all of my short comings, I am truly sorry. Please forgive me. I don’t want to harbor any anger in my heart. Today, on Yom Kippur, I choose to take a deep look inside. I choose to release my feelings of anger and resentment, and fill those spaces with forgiveness. I may still feel hurt, but I release my anger. Because I am human. And you are human. And all we can do with our short time on this earth is surrender to what is, and forgive ourselves and others for not being perfect, and seek ways to be better.

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2 thoughts on “My Public Apology for Yom Kippur 5777

  1. Becca, I love this. Yom Kippur is over now (I’m in London) but I really ‘feel’ something about this post. I feel the same way as you- except every day. I feel like I’m never there for anyone. Oh, well. Wishing you a great year ahead xxx

    1. Thank you very much for reading! Generally I write on my blog about food, running, and reading, but lately I have felt called to write about Jewish living too. It’s nice to know someone can relate to how I feel. Wishing you a great year as well. 🙂

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