Night has fallen and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is now officially over. And it will stay that way for another year, not to return until its next due date in 2014.

But has atonement been made and in sufficient quantity? What manner of sacrifice, if any, has taken place? And will it be enough to go the distance, to expiate whatever crimes, errors or omissions remain unresolved and unforgiven from times past?

Some sacrifices, if sufficiently thought through and carried out, can make all the difference in these cases.

Why does all thinking in certain matters always have to be INSIDE the proverbial box? Have the walls of that box grown so high and thick that every attempt to navigate outside them is to be forever a lost cause, a failure to extend human imagination much beyond that of the commonplace and predictable?

If this must be so, then not even an eternity of atonement could ever compensate for such timidity of action and lack of confidence in oneself and one’s fellow man.