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Why Steve Harvey is a mensch
19 January, 2016
I’ve been asked by quite a few people what I thought of Steve Harvey’s apology after the Miss Universe gaffe, naming the wrong winner -- Miss Colombia instead of Miss Philippines. The quick answ...
Football player issues confession, but not apology for assaults
1 January, 2016
Though a confession is integral to an apology, it is insufficient as an apology. We see that proven in a recent incident when an athlete spoke words of remorse for hurting two people. Texas Chris...
Kelly Osbourne's rambling non-apology
4 August, 2015
Celebrity Kelly Osbourne took to her Facebook account to publicly apologize for, what has now become, a highly publicized gaffe. Criticizing presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s controversial stan...
Did Joyce Murray offer a kosher apology?
15 July, 2015
Liberal MP Joyce Murray has been under fire for an offensive ad in the First Nations Drum newspaper, that she claims she had no prior knowledge of. The ad included her image, with text that congr...
CNN anchor slights vets and botches apology
29 April, 2015
We all understand when broadcasters speak extemporaneously, and at length, that they can often stumble on their words. It’s natural and human. But they, like the rest of us, have to deal with verb...
I'm sorry, or maybe not: Rob Ford and 3 journalists
7 April, 2015
Four apologies of note have been in the news in the past week: Fox News’ Chris Wallace with Mike Gallagher, Rolling Stone’s Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and former Toronto mayor Rob Ford.   CHRIS ...
Lifeless apology of Walking Dead
6 April, 2015
"You got us here. All I did was craft a top-shelf lie, to which a person with strength and heroism could apply their talents. My bet was, that you needed that. I thank you. I am sorry. An...
BBC journo flubs ‘apology’ for Paris rally remarks
17 January, 2015
Yes, as Elton John once sang, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word. Two studies have come out lately explaining why people hold back an apology, and how apologies can heal rifts. And in recent days,...
Even Gentiles can benefit from Yom Kippur
5 October, 2014
The Jewish high holyday of Yom Kippur - The Day of Atonement - has come and gone, and for Jews around the world, that meant daylong synagogue services, a whole day fast and probably most important, ...
Lancet editor apologizes for anti-Semitic article
22 September, 2014
Back in August, the Lancet – known to many as a prestigious medical journal – printed an anti-Israel screed called “Open Letter for the People of Gaza.”It was penned by authors sympathetic to David ...
TV's Suits: Was Louis Litt's apology acceptable?
20 August, 2014
Sometimes it's more meaningful to show you're sorry, rather than say you're sorry. In the hit TV Series Suits, power lawyer Louis Litt in Season 4, Episode 9 offered his colleagues a written apo...
Science proves "sorry" really heals
15 July, 2014
Forgiveness is accelerated when wrongs of the past are addressed, says a breakthrough study from the University of Miami. The largest clinical study about reconciliation and apology has been re...
Three good celebrity apologies: Oldman, Beiber and Hill
2 July, 2014
Three wins in recent weeks with celebrity apologies. Each celeb came forward expeditiously, explained their wrongdoing specifically and implied that it would not occur ever again. That’s the ESP ...
Macklemore and Eminem: opposite apologies
23 May, 2014
Two rappers. Two apologies. One was a failure; one was a positive step. Rapper Macklemore recently made headlines for a bizarre concert costume, that included a large hook nose, black beard an...
A beautiful apology from a child
13 May, 2014
It's important to teach children to apologize and to know the elements of a good apology. This skill is not just important for making amends, to set things right with the person they've hurt, but...
Donald Sterling’s apology too little, too late
1 May, 2014
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been at the center of controversy for several weeks now for his racist comments captured on tape. He was subsequently banished from the league. On ...
Manitoba Health Minister fails in apology
9 April, 2014
There’s more at stake when a politician doesn’t offer a good apology for inappropriate words or actions. Not only are their public words recorded for future reference and scrutiny, but they could...
Kudos to Cheri DiNovo, MPP
21 April, 2010
 Ontario Provincial Parliament, Holocaust Memorial Day, April 21, 2010 Ms. Cheri DiNovo (NDP): "I'm here to honour the members from Yad Vashem who are sitting in the gallery and who are here to ...
Yom Kippur Primer
21 September, 2009
 Everything you always wanted to know about apologies but were afraid to ask By Dave Gordon As the ...
Everything to know about saying you’re sorry
21 September, 2009
 Jewish tradition for millennia has held that the 10 days preceding Yom Kippur be used as a special time to apologize and reconcile with one’s fellow. The sages have discussed kosher apologies ...
Madoff and his court apology – an exercise in show
29 June, 2009
 Bernard Madoff tried to apologize to his victims before being sentenced for 150 years in prison for his elaborate decades-long Ponzi Scheme, that bilked untold numbers of victims of $50 billio...
Governor Sanford’s Non-Apologetic Apology
28 June, 2009
  A litany of apologies have appeared in the news lately. From David Letterman’s bad joke about Sarah Palin’s daughter, to Minister Raitt’s remarks about the sexiness of nuclear isotopes, t...
Talk Show Hosts Apologize ?
13 June, 2009
What if a joke, not delivered in a mean-spirited manner, has offended people? Is an apology necessary? That was the predicament with Don Imus and his infamous “nappy headed hoes” line in Ap...
Catholic school board sorry for spending scandals
7 May, 2009
  Trustees of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) apologized to taxpayers on May 6 for a year of spending scandals that involved twelve trustees who spent $30,000 on personal ...
THE WEEK IN APOLOGIES, APRIL 26-30
30 April, 2009
  I hope to make this a weekly feature on my website, to expose the good, bad, and ugly of apologies in the news. The contents this week are slavery-slipping Rep. Dr. Rob Schaaf, hit-and-ru...
British PM Brown Apologizes – But for What?
20 April, 2009
If person A wrongs person B, should person C apologize for person A’s actions? It is meritorious for a state leader to apologize for his country’s past wrongs, or holds his political party accountab...
Forgiveness in genocide's aftermath (book reviews)
16 March, 2009
The slaughter lasted for 100 days in the spring of 1994. Some 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered — neighbours, friends, classmates. Lay Germans often said they did not kno...
The non-story about the Pope, and the non-apology from the Bishop
2 February, 2009
The story about Pope Benedict XVI reinstating an anti-Semitic Bishop, Richard Williamson, has had time to develop over the past week or two. Jewish community spokespeople weighed in on the move, an...
A Yom Kippur parsha - Parshah Vayelech
4 October, 2008
 A recent television show called “My Name Is Earl,” has the main character make a list of everyone he’s wronged in his life, as he visits each of them to make amends. In certain episodes, he be...
John Edwards Made a Kosher Apology
11 August, 2008
Every time that a public figure makes an apology, I get a thrill out of dissecting it for its flaws. Too many people think an apology is just saying you're sorry, as though accidentally stepping on...
An Apology Too Late, Isn’t Always Too Little
6 August, 2008
 It's a stereotype come true. The ever-so polite Canadian so eagerly saying "sooory" has nowhere been more evident recently than the very person who represents Canada, Prime Minister Stephen H...
Jesse Jackson Did Not Make a Kosher Apology
18 July, 2008
The Rev. Jesse Jackson on July 17 referred to blacks with the N-word when he said Obama was telling them "how to behave" on Fox News. His words were uttered during a break when the mic was on, but ...
Excalibur Almost Made a Kosher Apology
28 March, 2008
A York University newspaper, Excalibur, issued an apology statement for a controversial article printed that essentially attempted to justify terrorism. Excalibur’s apology is an example of how some o...
Eliot Spitzer Did Not Make a Kosher Apology
10 March, 2008
 New York Governor Eliot Spitzer attempted to apologize publicly  after allegations surfaced that he was involved in a prostitution ring. Now that the case has been made public in nearly ...
Shawn Murphy made a kosher apology
3 March, 2008
 On Monday, Charlottetown Liberal MP Shawn Murphy apologized in the House of Commons for the heckling remarks he made while B.C. Tory MP Ed Fast was talking last Thursday. The jeers had been...
Andy Pettitte Did Not Make a Kosher Apology
20 February, 2008
The sports world has been filled with scandal and apologies, and New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is no exception. On Monday, Pettitte believed he was making an apology to the Yankees, Houston A...
Pete Stark Hasn't Made a Kosher Apology
24 October, 2007
Politicians, sports figures and celebrities earn our scorn on an almost daily basis when they attempt to apologize for something stupid they've said or done. In the latest incident of a politici...
Apology In One Word
21 September, 2007
 Apologies are so important in Judaism that not only is there a holy day dedicated to teshuva (repentence), but there are three different words that mean “I’m sorry” in Hebrew: slicha, mechila, a...
Michael Vick hasn't made a kosher apology
29 August, 2007
 Much has been written about the art of forgiveness, but how does one offer a real, sincere and kosher apology in a way that mends hearts? Most attempts at apologies come off as hackneyed and ...
What is a Kosher Apology?
15 December, 2006
Dave speaks with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on repentance, apology, atonement, reconciliation and forgiveness While many volumes throughout the decades have been written about the art of forgiveness, how ...
Journey towards atonement
22 September, 2006
Journey towards atonement How far should we go on the road to forgiveness for the holidays? In the run-up to Yom Kippur, our tradition tells us we should ask for forgiveness from our fellow humans f...

 

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