Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Yom Kippur

Most years I dread Yom Kippur. I hate to fast. The hardest part is the lack of caffeine. I can feel the withdrawal headache as we speak. This year I honestly don't feel that dread. I'm kind of at peace with the whole thing. I look forward to the day. For me it will be a day of looking inward. A bit of moral inventory taking. Probably should have done that sooner since Yom Kippur is when God seals the deal. At some point I usually have a little talk with God. Okay so I talk and I hope he listens! Its a ritual I have on Yom Kippur. The books are closed so Gods got some free time.

My favorite part of Yom Kippur is the silence. No cars. No honking. No people running errands. No TV's blaring. I like to walk around on the eve of Yom Kippur and take in the silence. It is like the world has ended. Knowing that's not the case makes it less spooky! I don't think there is another part of the world where this happens.

To the readers of our blog who are Jewish I would like to wish an easy fast and Gmar Chatima Tova which roughly translates means a wish that you finish with a good signature. That you get signed into the book of life.

Submitted by Carol


Darren said...


I have taken it one step further. On Shabbat I don't use any electronics for entertainment purposes. No TV, No computer, No MP3 player.

Its hard to do but very liberating.

I must say I have a couple of cheats.
1 - I can't always last to sunset. Especially in Summer.

2 - I let the kids turn on music. But at least they are not zombies watching or playing electronics.

You should try it occasionaly.

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