Our over-confidence disappears through sharing and confession and we are much happier when we recognize this. It also gives us a mutual understanding and the serenity that comes from trust.
Each year, during the month of Elul and throughout the Days of Awe, Jews assemble to do something that is essentially private: To be able to reflect on our actions and our inactions of the past year, the gap between our aspirations and our behavior, between our integrity and our actuality.
If Trump is truly sorry for his words, he should pull out of the presidential race.
The desire to live up to divine standards can help many religious individuals cultivate successful, lasting relationships and avoid harmful addictions, some research suggests.
Our sages teach that embarrassment at our past deeds, a sense of shame and resulting humility, comes from being deeply aware that we are in the presence of God. It is precisely because we feel that we messed up and can do better, that we can merit elevating our lives.
Statistical relativity is irrelevant to a Church that claims moral authority. The very fact that these monstrous betrayals happened at all, that some perpetrators were protected, that the safety of children was not always the absolute priority represent a systemic failure of monumental significance.
None of the people I cite or read with favor elsewhere are asking for the old-time, fear-of-hell approach to faith and life. But more and more serious lay-people as thinkers and spiritual leaders are advocating "confession" and "forgiveness" as elements of great potential in our cultures of chaos.