Many non-Jews when they hear of the Day of Atonement think it is a day set aside to atone for sins against their fellow man; it is not. It is a day to atone for sins against God. To atone for sins against another person, you have to right any wrongs that you committed against that person before Yom Kippur.
As an atheist I have no sins against God; but I would like to apologize on behalf of all Jews for all that we have done in this world.
As a Jew I apologize: That one of the most beautiful songs of Christmas, White Christmas, was written by a Jew.
That this same Jew had the nerve to also have penned the most beautiful tribute to America: God Bless America.
That Jews have written most of the songs and musicals on Broadway, indeed, almost one-half of the membership of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is Jewish.
That more than 25% of all Nobel Prizes awarded in the scientific research fields of Chemistry, Economics, Medicine, and Physics were won by greedy Jews leaving very few prizes for non-Jews to win. That Jews comprise almost 40% of all American recipients of the Nobel Prize, despite the fact that Jews fill only a tiny one-fourth of one percent of the world's population.
That 158 Jews, about 37%, have won the US National Medal of Science.
That Jews comprise 30% of the winners of the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology. The award (worth approximately $450,000 in cash) is Japan's highest private award for human achievement.
That between 1886-2000 selfish Jews grabbed 54% of World Chess Championships, leaving little room for others.
That Jews have infected almost every nation in the world with their contributions to religion, literature, science, economics, music, arts, and entertainment.
I apologize that Jews invented Western Culture that gave us the idea of equality before the law, the sanctity of life, and the dignity of man. That by giving the world the Ten Commandments we all have learned the meaning of individual conscience and social responsibility.
That the Jew movie studio moguls, Samuel Goldwyn, Louis B. Mayer, Warner Brothers and Jew movie producers like David O. Selznick ushered in the Golden Age of Hollywood. You couldn't throw a rock in Hollywood then without hitting a Jewish studio chief, producer, directer, agent or film distributor.
That Albert Einstein contributed more to the modern vision of physical reality than any person in history.
That Sigmund Freud let us know that the unconscious is the source of our motivations.
That Jewish financiers, money-lenders and bankers created paper money which made possible all the other great advances of Western Civilization. In Islam, lending money with interest is an abomination. This and other primitive and barbaric ideas from the Qur'an have resulted in the fewest intellectual achievements in modern times. The efforts of 1.5 billion Muslims have resulted in fewer than a handful of Nobel Laureates, almost zero patents and a pitiable contribution to art, literature, science, music, film, dance, or discovery.
It is ironic that the world's most ignorant, backward, intolerant, and violent culture asks for the annihilation of those who most have brought wisdom, intellectual advancement, tolerance and love of peace to the world.
It is impossible to think of how modern civilization would exist without Jews. It is impossible to think of how modern civilization can exist with Muslims.
Related: As a Muslim I apologize
pirate's cove - Why Extremist Muslims Are Not Extremist, Excerpt: I will no longer refer to the violent, murderous, just following the Koran ones as extremists. Because they aren't. They are the true Muslims.
atlas shrugs - Erev Yom Kippur, Excerpt: [President Bush]: "As the High Holy Days come to an end, the Jewish people in America and around the world remind us of the gift of religious freedom and the blessings of God's steadfast love. On Yom Kippur and throughout the year, your deep commitment to faith helps make the world a more hopeful and peaceful place."