This evening, the yearly Jewish Day of Atonement begins at sundown.
For reasons that are personal (and medical also) I do not fast. By the Jewish Orthodox principals, there’s no “half-fasting” or modifying of the commandment to do so. You either do, or don’t.
I disagree, but that’s because I am not orthodox.
There are ways to change the routines of the day and make it strongly felt, opening a wider door to genuine atonement. My way is also personal, and changing from year to year.
But regardless, it begins with asking for forgiveness to all you have knowingly offended. I’m stymied, because I make sure not to knowingly offend. This is distinct from being offensive just for being yourself and having others not like what you are and what you think. No apologies for that.
What I do regret, and whole heartedly apologize for, are misjudgments and not being a better more helpful person when I could have and should have been.
There is much wisdom of the ages in this yearly account. It’s a gift to us, not punishment.
I wish all a good passage through the doors of atonement.