For transgressions between one person and another, Yom Kippur does not procure atonement.
This statement, taken from the Talmud, reminds us that one day, even Yom Kippur, can not ‘magically’ heal our relationships and erase what we’ve done to each other. The work of teshuvah during this season includes the very physical and concrete act of requesting forgiveness from each other.
Who are we supposed to seek forgiveness from? For what acts must we seek forgiveness? How are we supposed to request forgiveness? What if the other person/people don’t forgive us?
These questions and more will be explored during our Tish on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Friday, September 30 at 10:30am in the VCS lunchroom. We will be looking at a variety of traditional texts as well as some Calvin and Hobbes cartoons!
Lunch will be served, and then we will head over to Pier 45 for Tashlich (the traditional ceremony of throwing bread into the river).
I look forward to seeing you there.
Shanah Tovah U’metukah,
Rabbi Darby J. Leigh