Steve Kleber on Forgiveness
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Steve Kleber on Forgiveness

Steve Kleber is president of Kleber & Associates, president of the National Remodeling Foundation and past president of the Center for Kitchen and Bath Education and Research.

While the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experience is about asking forgiveness, it is also about forgiving. It is the time for introspection during the Al Het prayer with our confessions, so that we can acknowledge our transgressions. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. It is for our own sake that we seek peace with the past and our reward is a lighter spirit and a freedom from the emotional burden that holds us in pain from anger and resentment. Yet I must “question” the seemingly important statement that sounds so right at first—as we ask for forgiveness, we should also be forgiving. What seems so obviously logical … are there some acts that are unforgivable? Such as those who actively participated in the horrors of the Holocaust? Or those who come into a school to shoot innocent children?

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