At this holy time of year, we take a moment to say sorry

For a day filled with fasting, thirsting, deep remorse and even deeper longing, somehow we Jews look forward to Yom Kippur with great excitement.

No, it’s not fun, but with its mandate for introspection, Yom Kippur is the most gratifying day on the Jewish calendar. Or it should be.

How often do we devote a full 24 hours to accounting for our failings and figuring out how we might become better human beings?

The sages teach us that Judaism’s defining feature is the manner in which it sets aside time for rest and introspection. Shabbat, our weekly miracle of respite, is perhaps the readiest example of that. As the holiest and most solemn day of the year, Yom Kippur is a day to take time out and reflect.

It makes sense that we do so. All we have in this life is time, and we sure don’t get much of it. What we do with that time matters, for all too soon it’s out, out, brief candle.

That’s why Yom Kippur is so important to us as individuals and as a community.

While we all want to be good and to do good, no one can focus on those pursuits every minute of the day. We are fallible creatures. We make mistakes, some of them hurtful. And so we Jews have carved out this time for atonement.

Though this newspaper’s staff totals 21 diverse individuals, we try to operate as one well-oiled machine, delivering to the Bay Area Jewish community every week as good a product as possible. Each of us on staff takes this newspaper and this community very seriously.

But we are made up of many moving parts. We, too, make mistakes. What’s printed cannot be unprinted. Though none of these mistakes are deliberate, we realize that errors in the Bay Area’s Jewish paper of record can cause distress, frustration and even pain.

For all the mistakes we have made in the past year, we are sorry. To those we have hurt through errors of commission or omission, we ask for your forgiveness. To those who felt our coverage fell short in some way, we promise to try our best to improve.

And so all of us at j. wish to acknowledge you, our readers, subscribers, advertisers and the entire Bay Area Jewish community. Thank you for bearing with us and supporting us throughout the year.

We wish you all an easy fast, a meaningful Yom Kippur and a joyous New Year. Good Yom Tov and shanah tovah.