|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 --
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.
|Kelly Osbourne's rambling non-apology|
4 August, 2015
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.
|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.
|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
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
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
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.
|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,
|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
|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,
|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,
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
|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,
|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
|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...