Definition of ‘Atonement’ –
1. Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong; expiation.
Yom Kippur, this year’s day of atonement has arrived and, along with it, comes the absolute certainty that there is indeed much to be atoned for. And by every side having any part to play in many matters of past and present import.
In the nearly seven decades since the State of Israel came into existence, not one day has gone by without some wrong, error or injury taking place subsequent to its singular birth. The catalogue of crimes perpetrated and hardships endured is now so vast that not even the highest measure of atonement seems able to redress a record of such dreadful inhumanity and infinite regret.
And yet, on this day as on every other, there is still a need to seek out some reason that might give purpose and rational meaning to this unending waste of life and human resources.
After 65 long years in conflict and with may more apparently in prospect, a very special kind of atonement will be required if any rationale at all is ever to be extracted from so extended and so dire a situation.