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Forgiveness, Visual Art & Meditation

The Return of Joseph

High Holy Days 2023

Year: 1720-70

Artist: John Michael Rysbrack

Forgiveness is at the heart of the High Holy Days. We seek forgiveness for our own actions and we find it within ourselves to grant others forgiveness for theirs. Here, the artist depicts the biblical story of Joseph reuniting with his brothers with beautiful softness and sensitivity. We recall that Joseph’s brothers treated him with unspeakable cruelty. If even those actions can yield forgiveness, how might we find it in our hearts to forgive ourselves and forgive others this year?