Friday, October 07, 2011

G'mar chatima tovah 5772 - גמר חתימה טובה

I want to wish all of my readers who observe the holiday a g'mar chatimah tovah, an easy fast and a meaningful Yom Kippur.

A large percentage of my recent webpage hits have been for people looking for a translation of that phrase, so here it is again:
Literally: A good final sealing
Idiomatically: May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for Good
I unconditionally forgive anyone who may have wronged me during this year, and I ask forgiveness for anyone I may have wronged as well.

Specifically (as enumerated last year, courtesy of The Muqata):

  • If you sent me email and I didn't reply, or didn't get back to you in a timely fashion -- I apologize.
  • If you sent me a story and I didn't publish it or worse, didn't give you a hat tip for the story -- I'm sorry. (I sometimes get multiple tips for the same story and I usually credit the first one I saw, which is not always the earliest.)
  • If you requested help from me and I wasn't able to provide it -- I'm sorry.
  • I apologize if I posted without the proper attribution, with the wrong attribution, or without attribution at all.
  • I'm sorry if any of my posts offended you personally.

May this be a year of life, peace, prosperity and security.

(For those who want it, the Vidui of the Chida can be printed from here.)