The Importance of Forgiveness

Yael Eckstein  |  August 18, 2022

Yael Eckstein and children by sea in Holy Land
(Photo: Moshe Bukhman)

One of the most difficult things for any of us to learn is forgiveness —asking forgiveness from God, seeking forgiveness from others, and giving forgiveness. Yet forgiveness is so critical to living a healthy and happy life, and its rewards are invaluable. Next month, the Jewish people will observe the High Holy Days — Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

This week, Yael explains how this sacred time helps equip her children to both ask God for forgiveness and to seek forgiveness from others. During this intense period of spiritual reflection and repentance, Yael says her children learn the importance of saying “I’m sorry” and letting go of past hurts and offenses. As Billy Graham once said, “Every year during their High Holy Days, the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness.”

Listen now as Yael discusses the importance of teaching forgiveness to the children in our lives.