How does forgiveness work?

How does a whole mess of fallout from the past get swept away in a single day?

Through at-onement.

Like two close friends who have slowly fallen apart, as one slights the other, arguments break out, matters escalate…

But then one day they find themselves together again, simply enjoying one another’s presence.

As though nothing was ever wrong.

Only that if this at-onement is going to last, they need to deal with all those issues—without disturbing the bliss.

Like, “I was really stupid for saying those things I said when I so much value your friendship.”

“And it was so rash of me to do what I did when I really like you so much.”

So that out of the at-onement, all is atoned.

This is Yom Kippur, the Day of At-Onement.