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I used to have a really hard time apologizing. It’s not that I didn’t know I was in the wrong, but H-shem makes the act of admitting you’re in the wrong to the actual person so difficult sometimes. In the 10 days of Repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we have a golden opportunity to reach out and seek forgiveness from people who we may have hurt in the past. While it may be difficult for you to apologize, you may find consolation in the fact that everyone is taking this time to ask forgiveness, and you are not alone. It sure helps me! Chazal say that it does little good to ask forgiveness from H-shem when it’s our fellow sistas whom we’ve harmed. Forgiveness has to come from the person who you wronged before H-shem will forgive you as well. At this critical time of year when the Book of Life is open, we must seek the forgiveness of others so that when the Book is sealed on Yom Kippur, we have done all that we can to mend broken relationships with others. Iy”H, by doing this, sincerely, we will all be forgiven for our misdeeds and get a good decree for the coming year.
After we ask forgiveness from others, we can ask G-d for His forgiveness in the Confession that is said 5 times over the course of Yom Kippur. As we pound our chests and list out our sins, we can truly say, “This is who I was. Please help me be where I want to be.” By admitting all that we’ve done wrong, we can move forward with H-shem to a brighter future.
With the help of H-shem, we should all merit to be forgiven for our sins, and we should all be sealed for a good year in the Book of Life.