To examine the totality of one's life, to realize that all of us are fallible means that we must not only demand that we improve but be willing to demand that we forgive others who seek to improve. Forgiveness (teshuvah) in Judaism, however, comes with a price. It is only granted to those who sincerely desire to recognize their errors, to repent, to change their ways, and to begin again.

Peter Tarlow, Yom Kippur Readings by Dov Peretz Elkins, editor