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Asking Forgiveness

Hosted By: The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Asking forgiveness from people we may have aggrieved is a core practice in Judaism, one that is described in some of our earliest rabbinic literature. The process of forgiveness is particularly emphasized during the high holiday season leading up to Yom Kippur. But as we know, interpersonal issues are complex and often force us to ask some tough questions before we can resolve them. Who started it? Who is to blame? Who should initiate the request for forgiveness? What if I’m not ready to forgive? What is the objective of pursuing forgiveness? What are our own personal characteristics that cause us to offend others? Join expert Melton teacher Joe Septimus as we explore these issues and more through a thorough exploration of two insightful Talmudic stories.

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