Yom Kippur

Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur concludes today with a big dinner. Religious Jews observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. I figured one out of three is better than nothing, so I didn’t eat all day. I did drink some water, if you ever had to talk on the phone for 8 hours, you’d know why.

I think when I am dead and being judged (or whatever happens), and I am being read a whole list of horrible things I’ve done in my lifetime I will be able to say: I know I did all that, BUT I didn’t eat on Yom Kippur. Maybe I’ll get a point or two…

During this time a Jew is supposed “to amend his behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God and against his fellow man”, so consider yourself asked, my fellow men and women and, I guess, God. I know I’ve done things…

Now that this is over with, I can start being my usual offensive and obnoxious self, albeit with a clean slate. Until next year…

  • I think it would take less effort and ink if calendar makers just labeled which days of the year are “Not A Jewish Holiday”. Then everyone would know which days involved a period of guilt, hunger and living like the Amish folllowed by a fabulous feast and recriminations from family members.

    I keed, I keed.

  • Wow. Yom Kippur sounds like Catholic Lent. Just substitute, “I know I did all this horrible stuff in my life, God, but c’mon! I never ate meat on Lenten Fridays and I routinely gave up chocolate. That counts, right?” Happy Atonement, comrade!

  • That’s interesting. One of the blogs I keep up with is that of a Muslim in Singapore, and they have similar customs.

    Honestly, I think it would behoove us all to apologize once a year to things we’ve done to hurt friends and relatives.

    Wouldn’t hurt most of us to do without food all day, either.

  • I think Muslims do it for a whole month.
    XO, there is another Jewish holiday coming up, when you are supposed to live in a tent. You are welcome to camp out on my driveway.

  • Sorry Meesha, I think I’m going to need a better apology than that before I can forgive you of the wrongs you have committed against me.

    A few words in a random blog post just isn’t going to cut it.

  • Emaw, you weren’t paying attention, I only cared about apologies until sundown last night, today is just a regular day so you’ll have to wait another year. You snooze-you lose