Forgive and forget. Turn the other cheek. Don’t hold a grudge. Be the bigger person. We continually ask victims to move on and avoid further confrontation. But the ethos of forgiveness-above-all often lets perpetrators off the hook without accountability, or even a coherent understanding about what repair and amends might look like.
ON REPENTANCE AND REPAIR: MAKING AMENDS IN AN UNAPOLOGETIC WORLD (Beacon Press; September 13, 2022), offers a crucial new perspective to navigating conflict, applying an ancient framework to the country’s most vexing contemporary problems—from systemic racism and the legacy of enslavement, to sexual abuse and the #MeToo movement—as well as issues in our personal lives and relationships.
The source sheets in this collection pull together the Jewish texts referenced in each chapter of the book.
These sources are from On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends In an Unapologetic World, Chapter Three, which addresses harm in the public square. For more on On Repentance and Repair, go to OnRepentance.com.