Anecdotes, Advocacy, and Activism by Paige Wolf

On Forgiveness and Grace This Yom Kippur

September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

As a Jew, I have always embraced the process of T’shuvah on Yom Kippur. I don't fast. I don't go to synagogue. But I do reflect, apologize, and try to set goals to be a better person. I want to forgive and I hope that others will forgive me. But, in recent days, I have felt at a complete loss. I wonder if the pandemic has turned from a time to appreciate and embrace our connections into a growing absence of forgiveness and grace. In some ways, I'm guilty of losing my empathy. I've lost empathy for the people who have died from COVID after spreading misinformation about vaccines, masks, and the seriousness of the pandemic itself. I feel bad about not feeling bad. But I know that I am not alone. The lack of empathy for those of us who...

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