one liners simply don’t cut it. sometimes, its about one word.
ms. sharon osbourne, in addressing whoppi goldberg’s holocaust comment controversy, is quoted as saying that whoopi goldberg did not get fired over her controversial comments because “nobody gives a f*** about jews.” dailymail.com
this attention getting line missed the mark.
ms. goldberg’s non-termination can be explained by one word.
this one word prevented people from wanting to show up at television studios and demand ms. goldberg’s termination. this one word prevented individuals from acting out in violence, setting fires, and breaking windows.
the “one word” answer that explains while ms. goldberg is still working is “teshuva.” the english translation being repentance. while teshuva is a word, the concept is the subject of many scholarly work. one great scholar, the rambam aka maimonides, identified “three indispensable steps to the teshuva process: regret (“yis’nachem al she’avar”), confession (“l’hisvados bi’sfasav”), and leaving the sin/committing to not doing it again (“she’ya’azov ha’choteh chet’o …vi’yigmor b’libo she’lo ya’asehu ode”).” understanding the teshuva process of the yamim noraim avi muschel, psyd and martin galla, phd. while “teshuva” is only one word, there are many scholarly works addressing the issue which can be studied.
judaism believes that individual’s can redeem themselves from their errors. further, thus, those who practice judaism are open for individuals to seek teshuva for their errors. in ms. goldberg’s circumstances, it appears that she made sincere efforts to address her mistake. thus, a better explanation why ms. goldberg was not terminated was teshuva. with teshuva done, ms. goldberg can move one with her career and those offended can feel that the matter was resolved.
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