September 25, 2012, - 5:57 pm

Yom Kippur: To My Friends & Readers . . .

By Debbie Schlussel

Tonight, the Jewish fast day of Yom Kippur begins at sundown (and ends at nightfall on Wednesday Night). It’s a day of atonement for our sins and a day full of prayer to G-d*, asking for forgiveness and a good year.


Israeli Soldiers & Other Jews Praying @ Israel’s Kotel (Western Wall)

Yom Kippur is one of the holiest Jewish holidays, at the end of which we believe our fate for the next year is “sealed” by G-d. We believe that on Rosh HaShanah, that fate is written by Him, and on Yom Kippur, he issues his final Judgment. This is Judgment Day.

On Yom Kippur, we fast and pray for about 25 hours to ask G-d for a good year. Before the fast, we eat a big, sumptuous meal, which expands the stomach and makes the fast more difficult. During the holiday, there are strict prohibitions: no food, drink, shower, sex, TV/radio, phone, etc. the whole day, which is mostly spent at synagogue. The idea is that you are removing yourself from worldly and material concerns and focusing on deeper, far more important, spiritual ones, the most important of which is repentance for your sins. We also don’t wear leather shoes, as back in the day, those were a luxury of the wealthy, and the holiday is not about ostentatious or material displays, but about humble requests before G-d.

When the holiday ends tomorrow (Wednesday) night, the shofar–a ram’s horn–is sounded.

To my Jewish friends and readers, have an easy fast and a great year. Gmar Chatimah Tovah [May you be finally sealed for good–a good year.]

To everyone, see you very, very soon. And thank you for your continued patronage of this site. I will be praying for you and for our country and its safety and security, too. Our continuing freedom is paramount.

I very much appreciate my readers, their continued support of this site, and, of course, their tips and comments always. And, among other things, I will pray for that to continue and increase in the coming year.

Thanks to the many readers–both Jew and gentile–who sent me good wishes wishing me an easy fast and a good year. Right back at ya!

* Religious Jews use dashes in the word “G-d” and do not write it out completely out of respect for Him and the wish not to write the name in vain.

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24 Responses

Thanks for these stories about Judaism, Debbie. I always enjoy them.

DS_ROCKS! on September 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm


    Velcro on September 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

May light perpetual shine upon you.

Worry on September 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Gmar Chatimah, Debbie.

skzion on September 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

These kinds of posts are very educating. Thank you.

RT on September 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

The Jewish religion is so fascinating. I love learning about it.

Gmar Chatimah Tovah to all the Jewish people on Yom Kippur! I know it’s a serious day and I hope your fast is not too hard.

Skunky on September 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm


Gmar Chatimah Tovah! May you be inscribed in the Book Of Life for another year and may Hashem have great things in store for you!

Remain blessed!

NormanF on September 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thank you Debbie. May your fast be an easy one, and may your year be wonderful!

Sean M on September 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Enjoy your holiday DS and happy “Yom Kippur” to you and your family & relatives Debbie.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on September 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Debbie – I wish you the best in the coming year.

Road Warrior on September 26, 2012 at 6:58 am

Thanks for sharing. “Yom Kippur: To My Friends & Readers . . .” – interesting title Debbie. Congratulations again on a good job Debbie.

Change Management System on September 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I also wish you peace on this holiday.

    For you Debbie fans there is an article regarding Dearbourne in you might like to read although it is not completely flattering to her, as you might guess! Nothing new.

    Rochelle on September 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

Have a blessed Yum Kippur and a happy new year.

G. R. Scharoubim on September 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

May your prayers be answered and the Lord bless you in the coming year.

CJ on September 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm

A Happy & healthy Holiday for you & your family Debbie. Enjoy your blog very much.

P. Aaron on September 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I am thanking G-d today that he has provided you with your brillant insight and moral integrity, as it is a gift to all of us that read your research and learn from your informative perspective! Mazatolf to you Debbie .

Susan Cahill Gebhardy on September 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm

This Nordic Goym luvs ya Deb!!

chuck on September 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Debbie, may your blessings, tireless faith in all that is good and convictions to shed light continue. As my fast has recently ended, I am on your site as one of your big fans. Thank you

andrea405 on September 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

All the best to you and yours Debbie from a happy, blessed agnostic. Gmar Chatimah Tovah.

Unrelated: y’alls know that there is a possibility of a bacon shortage this year. Just saying. Cheers.

The Reverend Jacques on September 27, 2012 at 1:53 am

Dear Debbie – As a left-handed , Presbyterian , Po-lack (how’s that for ‘minority-status’) I wish you , your family , America , and Israel all blessings possible , from a merciful GOD , who will NOT be mocked … frank kowalski .. (N.Va.)

frank k. on September 27, 2012 at 3:24 am

Trusting you had a good fast. Hoping that that you have been inscribed in the Book of Life and to have the strength to attend to the business at hand, which you do so well.

Not Ovenready on September 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

A healthy and happy new year to all

Harri on September 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

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