I guess this is the season for thoughtful posts marking the change of a year. A month or so back, I read this article by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth). For me, it’s about as wise as you can get.
We have put aside the easy burden, which is self-accusation, and weighed ourselves down with the heavy one, self-justification. (John the Dwalf) Self-justification is a heavy burden, because there is no end to carrying it; there will always be some new situation where we need to establish our position, dig the trench for the ego […]