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How should we ask for forgiveness leading up to Yom Kippur?

On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we ask God for forgiveness for our spiritual sins. But in the days leading up to Yom Kippur, we are asked to approach people we may have hurt over the past year.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you do so:

-Only ask for forgiveness of someone if you truly mean it.

-When asking for forgiveness, ask sincerely. Don't make excuses for your mistakes.

-If someone doesn't accept your apology, if possible, ask up to two more times. If three requests for forgiveness are not accepted, you are absolved of your responsibility to ask.

And, of course, when someone asks for your forgiveness, try to open your heart to accept their heartfelt words.

"The entire world is a very narrow bridge - the key is to not be afraid." -Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav

Mon, October 21 2019 22 Tishrei 5780