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I'm Sorry

May 9, 2009 | by Yair Kobernick

Adam accused Jonathan for taking his ball, even though he didn't know for sure that he took it.

Adam came in the house very upset after yelling at his friend Jonathan and making him cry.

"I'm not going to be friends with Jonathan anymore," he told his Mom. "He took my new basketball and now it is lost. I'm really angry with him."

Adam's Mom tried to calm him down. "Did you see him take it?" she asked.

"No," said Adam, "but I left it outside not far from where Jonathan was standing, and when I came back it was gone."

"If you didn't actually see him take it, then you should not accuse him and say he did. Maybe it rolled away somewhere?"

"I already looked everywhere," said Adam.

"Will you look again?"

Sure enough, when Adam went to look a second time, he found the basketball in a bush on the side of the street.

"I found it," he told his Mom. "Everything is okay, I can still be friends with Jonathan. I guess he didn't take it after all."

"I'm glad to hear that," said his Mom.

"I'm going to play with ball for a little outside, okay?" asked Adam.

"Wait a minute, Adam -- I think you owe Jonathan an apology for causing him to cry. It is almost Yom Kippur you know."

"But Mom, I learned that on Yom Kippur God forgives us for everything. I'll just wait another few days and then I won't need to say I'm sorry to Jonathan."

"God does forgive us Adam," said his Mom, "but only when we've asked our friends for forgiveness first. I suggest that you go over to Jonathan's and say you're sorry. This is an excellent way for you to prepare for Yom Kippur."

Adam realized that his Mom was right. Even though it was hard, he went to find Jonathan so he could apologize to him.

Q. What did Adam do that was wrong?
A. Adam accused Jonathan for taking his ball, even though he didn't know for sure that he took it.

Q. God doesn't forgive us on Yom Kippur for things we've done to our friends until we've apologized to them. Why do you think that is?
A. Because God wants us to fix up the hurt we've caused them.

Q. Do you think it is hard to say, "I'm sorry?" Why?
A. It is embarrassing that others will know we did wrong.


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