Read the story then click on the links below it to do the exercises.
YAMIM NORAIM - THE HIGH HOLY DAYS
Yom Kippur is a very holy day.
No one works or goes to school.
Teenagers and grown-ups do not eat or drink.
They spend the day praying in the synagogue.
On Yom Kippur remember that
God wants us to forgive.
Has someone hurt your feelings?
God hopes you will forgive that person.
Have you hurt someone's feelings?
Are you sorry you did?
Ask that person to forgive you.
God hopes that people will be kind to one another,
All though the year that is to come.
Below is a story about a man who gossiped about a rabbi and what happened when he came to apologise.
BLOWING IN THE WIND
"Rabbi," the man said, "I'm so sorry. I've been telling all sorts of stories about you and now I want to apologise. I'll do anything you ask if only you will forgive me."
The rabbi looked at him and said, "You have a feather pillow, don't you? Take it to the middle of the city, wait for the wind to blow and let all the feathers out. Then collect all the feathers and bring them back to me."
"But Rabbi," the man said, "that's impossible. How can I possibly collect all the feathers? They'll fly all over the place."
The rabbi smiled at him and said, "It's the same with gossip. It goes everywhere and it's so hard to clean up."
It is important to try to mend our mistakes no matter how difficult it is. If we speak from our hearts it may touch the heart of the person we are apologising to. Remember, if you want others to forgive you, then you must be ready to forgive them.