Today marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the first of the high holy days in Judaism, to be followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, at sunset on September 25.
According to School of Life founder Alain de Botton, Judaism is "one of the wiser religions in this regard," for setting up an annual "giant cycle of apology where everyone in the community apologizes to everybody else."
This is effective, according to Botton, because Yom Kippur is a structured occasion to apologize. Apologies can therefore be received in the right context, in which forgiveness is both asked for and received promptly. This "cycle of mutual apology" would greatly help to ease tension among all of the world's religions, especially given the events of the past week.