This morning I was asked about my choice to be an observant Jew to a friend. She asked about my rituals surrounding Yom Kippur. Even though she doesn’t fully understand it, she was lovely and asking some great questions in order to get to know me better....more
We attend a small Chabad shul, so small, in fact, that the community has yet to establish an official "Chabad House" or separate shul building, which means that services and other events areheld at the Rabbi's house. Since the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) typically see far more attendees than your average Shabbat service, these high-attendance services are held at a hotel, using their conference room as the "shul."...more
Between Rosh Hashanah and the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, come the Days of Awe, a time for intense introspection, for taking an inventory of our lives over the past year. During The Days of Awe, we're supposed to have a heightened awareness, "an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear, produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful." That's the dictionary definition of awe....more
According to JewishEncyclopedia.com, Kol Nidre is an Aramaic prayer recited at the start of the evening service on Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement. It is the most serious holiday in Judaism, observed by fasting and praying all day. At the end of this 25 hour period, God will decide whether to record a person's name in the Book of Life.
But about five years ago, my husband and I began a journey to a more observant life and came to understand that these days -- the Days of Awe -- have a deep meaning indeed. We pray that God will write us in the Book of Life for another year. "On Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed." It is a chance to think about how we live -- and love. Of what kinds of people we really are, and how we treat those around us. We repent those sins we know we have committed and those we don't realize we've done. Here's what I wrote about it on my own blog a couple of years ago.
Sunday night at sundown will mark the beginning of the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement. As a child growing up as a Christian I was always fascinated by this holiday celebrated by my religious cousins. It seemed to me to be the solemn yang to the celebratory ying of Rosh Hashanah, the Judaic New Year. (Hurrah!...more