I wanted to share my reaction to Krista's comment that the concept of forgiveness may have a Christian flavor to some people. As part of that conversation, she noted that a Holocaust survivor once told her that the idea of tikkun (healing the world) was more meaningful to him than the concept of forgiveness. I think we need to be careful not to over-generalize here: the Holocaust was an extraordinary evil which may be beyond forgiveness for most people. In this context, the concept of tikkun may well be a more meaningful response for many. However, I believe that in most other contexts, the concept of forgiveness is as relevant and meaningful for Jewish people as it is for Christians.
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