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Today's Big Idea: Atonement

The Big Idea for Sunday, September 16, 2012

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.  






  1. 1 A Modest Proposal: A Day of Atonement for all the World's Religions
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 How to Liberate Iran: Drop Nintendos and Big Macs From Planes
    Salman Rushdie
  3. 3 Shmuley Boteach on the Tenets of Judaism
    Shmuley Boteach
  4. 4 On Salman Rushdie and My Apostasy
    Tauriq Moosa Against the New Taboo

Today's Big Idea: Atonement

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