9/11 - The Reluctant Psychoanalyst Remembers 10 years later
Today is the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church had a series of readings about forgiveness. The first reading was about Jacob, who had been sold into slavery by his brothers. The brothers approached him after their father’s death and told him – though it wasn’t true – that their father’s dying wish had been that Jacob would forgive them. Moved by the brothers’ request for forgiveness, Jacob wept and gladly forgave them, especially as his having been sold into slavery had part of God’s plan – Jacob had been able to influence the Pharaoh on behalf of the Jewish People.