I went home and got to work. And as I wrote, I considered both my personal experience with the concept of Vidui -- the prayer of unburdening oneself as part of asking for forgiveness -- and also about the Japanese artisan ideal of repairing things rather than throwing them out. When a pot breaks in Japan, the custom is to not only repair it, but to aggrandize the crack with precious metal, to give it some prominence. It is believe that something that has been broken and then repaired is more beautiful than a new thing, because it acquires beauty -- and meaning -- through usage.
This has become one of my favorite songs. I wrote it about my mother, but really it could be about anyone you care about being in relationship with, care enough to be honest and to set things right when necessary.
I am glad to be able to share this song with you.
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As we prepare to go deeper into the final weeks of Elul -- Selichot is just a week away and Rosh Hashanah follows soon after -- may this song give you inspiration, courage and a soft place to land.