Dear Rabbi Simon,
Unfortunately a friend and I have fallen out over a disagreement. The person concerned has apologised and I wanted to understand what, halachically, my correct response should be. Yes I accept his apology and have told him so. However, I feel reluctant about returning to the level of close friendship we had before. Does my failure to do so mean I haven’t really forgiven him, thereby putting me in the wrong?
Thank you, Jeff
Although it is proper for you to accept his apology, you are not required to reinstate the same level of friendship as previously. You should not, however, bear a grudge against him.
I hope this helps you,