Oops! Forgive me?

Dear Family, Friends and Ranting Readers (people I haven’t met but who read my rantings),

It’s that time again. I’ve been assessing the situation and have determined that I’ve lived another year of being pathetically merely human. I got lazy and allowed myself to fall into that negative, sarcastic and judgmental trap again this year. Between Facebook, blogs and media sites (providing an abundance of juicy content I couldn’t resist drawing from and spewing out),  my reach has become farther than ever before and I should have taken that responsibility a bit more seriously. I’m sorry, can you forgive me for any harsh words and thoughts I may have inflicted on you?  I admit that I’m not sorry for everything I’ve written, because I probably meant most of it – what I’m  trying to express is that I’m sorry if the way I said it offended or hurt you.

Looking back over the past 12 months I see a year filled with more stress than I’ve endured in recent decades and I didn’t always react to it in a manner befitting a Bat Israel. I realized quite late in the year that a career shift was necessary in order to preserve my sanity and enable me to be more kind to those I love. Please forgive me if you were in my path on days when I exceeded my capacity for the things that set me off (e.g., sleep deprivation, broken technology, stupidity, manipulative liars in the media, stomach-wrenching bus rides, bureaucracy as a “jobs” program, Barack Obama, rudeness, lack of planning or promptness, corrupt politicians, injustice, etc.).

I am most sorry for the lost opportunity to further develop friendships and help people while I took on more and more work.

On Erev Yom Kippur I am now faced with the task of asking forgiveness of anyone I may have offended or hurt during the previous year and with the reach of social media it’s possible that I haven’t even met some of you or received feedback that would allow me to know that I have done so.  Therefore, again, please forgive me for using the tool that may have caused the damage, to ask your forgiveness – it’s the only way I can reach many of you at all.

In closing, if I have written, said, or done anything that offended or hurt you during the previous year, I apologize. Will you please forgive me?

I wish those of you who are fasting, a meaningful fast,

Those who are not, a meaningful day,

But most of all I pray that Moshiach will come and instead of fasting

we’ll be celebrating soon in the Beit Hamikdash together!

G’mar Chatimah Tova!


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