The twelfth month of the Jewish Calender. A time to finish the year, prepare for Rosh Hashanah. It is a time to look back and ask forgiveness from anyone who one might have offended or hurt. Cleaning the slate or balancing what is owed, depending on your point of view.

It is also customary to also forgive those who have hurt or offended you.

I am a firm believer in being responsible for my actions. Now, I can’t think of anything significant anyone has done to hurt or offend me. That might be because I have a thick skin, a short memory or just have a solid circle of family and friends.

I wish I could say the same about my behavior toward others. Lacking tact would be a polite way of describing me on many occasions. Blunt and rude are two other terms which I think might just be a bit more accurate (and have been said, flung, or otherwise howled accusingly by various offspring). Loving someone does not make you blind to faults and challenges, but I need to work on sensitivity and wording thing such that they make sense, rather than missing the mark and causing pain.

As Rosh Hashanah begins in just a few hours at sundown, I ask forgiveness of all whom I have hurt or offended.

Or v’shalom,


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