What does it mean when we say I'm sorry? Does it infer a true change of heart, a momentary change, a wish to move on or is it something deeper? Today is Yom Kippor, the holiest of days, the Day of Atonement. For the past ten days a spiritual Jew thinks about the wrongdoings of the past year— atones and demonstrates repentance. For the past ten days you asked forgiveness from those you have wronged—to make amends. How does one ask forgiveness from those in the grave? Prayer.
Today one atones for sins between oneself and G-d. The prayers may expiate our sins, but then it requires a commitment to change. I do not attend synagogue, but I believe in the power of the day and the chance to rethink my daily walk.