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Fake forgiveness

Fake forgiveness

I HAVE no doubt that everyone of us has been offered an apology that was completely insincere, with the expectation — to rub salt in the wound — that we would accept it, and graciously, and then “move on.”

Apologies — fake and sincere — are far from a simple matter. These apologies that we are supposed to make before Yom Kippur, if we’re truly serious about it, engage our self-image, our ego, our capacity for honesty and our fear of rejection.

Does anyone really apologize?

The answer, no doubt, is yes, but before you put yourself in that category, consider:

Is an apology an apology if it’s designed to make me, the apologizer, feel better? Or is an apology about the person who has been hurt?

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 05:33 )

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View from Central Park

Chimes of peace

ON our way to meet Rafi Babayan, chief security officer of Sdot Negev Regional Council, we kept passing signs — “Warning: Missile Area — Your Life is in Danger.” This was my introduction to Kibbutz Alumim within the Green Line, an organic farming kibbutz bordering Gaza. When the news reported the very real danger of tunnels being dug into kibbutz dining halls, with terrorists popping out, this is one such kibbutz. In fact, at one point while our small group was loitering, Rafi turned t...
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Conservative Lens

Islamic State (ISIL) is ‘non-Islamic’?

PRESIDENT Obama declared in his recent address to the nation that “ISIL is not Islamic.” How does he know? On what basis did the president of the US declare the group of Muslims that calls itself “Islamic State” is “not Islamic”? Has he studied Islam and Islamic history and concluded that ISIL, Boko Haram, al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Jamaat-e-Islami, Lashkar-e-Taiba (the group which slaughtered 166 people in Mumbai, most especially guests at the Taj Hotel, and which to...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 02:56 )

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View from Central Park

Sderot

On the road leading to the now famous, embattled city of Sderot in Southern Israel, trees line the road. There is talk in the van of this “linear forest” of trees intentionally planted, as in France where trees were planted to block the invading Germans and prevent them from moving forces. Here too the trees are to block the enemy in Gaza. I am with Chanan Elias of Face of Israel and Council of Jewish Organization (COJO). We are nearing Kibbutz Alumim — an organic farming kibbutz — beyo...
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View From Denver

Something new on repentance

Something new on repentanceIF repentance is strictly a matter between me and myself, or between me and G-d — the likes of introspection, resolution and renewal — probably most of us have already traveled this route. We know its difficulties and rewards. If repentance is a matter of fixing our relationships with other people, then we know that drill, too. This does not make it any easier, but the idea is clear. What if, however, repentance is something else? Rabbi Chaim Walkin sets forth a larger and different context...
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