An old joke but maybe worth sharing on Yom Kippur:
The Priest & the Rabbi
A priest and a rabbi were sitting next to each other on an airplane.
After a while, the priest turned to the rabbi and asked: "Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?”
The rabbi responded: "Yes, that is still one of our beliefs.”
The priest then asked: "Have you ever eaten pork?”
To which the rabbi replied: “Yes, on one occasion I did succumb to the temptation and tasted a ham sandwich.”
The priest nodded in understanding and went on with his reading.
A while later, the rabbi spoke up and asked the priest, "Father, is it still a requirement of your church that you remain celibate?”
The priest replied: "Yes, that is still very much a part of our faith.”
The rabbi then asked him: "Father, have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?”
The priest replied: "Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith.”
The rabbi nodded understandingly and remained silently thinking for about five minutes.
Finally, the rabbi said: "Beats a ham sandwich, doesn't it?"
This day is the most powerful, for me, of all the jewish holidays. Although I am neither a learned or religious jew, I do know that the day of atonement is one in which we both ask and grant forgiveness to both those we have wronged and those that have wronged us. Any human can do that.
We are all imperfect and we all do dumb things that we know we shouldn't do. Let it go. To those of you that I have pissed off in some way, I am genuinely sorry. I ask that you grant me forgiveness. And to those on my shitlist, well most of you anyway, fuggetaboutit.
This is from my pal John Feldman in Albuquerque, a steel playing lawyer rebbe of the first order.