September 27, 2009, - 12:57 pm

The Yom Kippur Fast

By Debbie Schlussel

To my Readers and Friends:

In observance of the Jewish fast day of Yom Kippur, I will be out of blog commission, tomorrow.  But I’ve prepared some items in advance that will be put up for me by my marvelous blog people.

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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, TV/radio, phone, etc. the whole day, which is mostly spent at synagogue. The idea is that you are removing yourself from worldly concerns and focusing on spiritual ones, most importantly 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 displays, but about humble requests before G-d.

It starts just before sundown, tonight, and ends after dark tomorrow (Monday) night, with one sound of the shofar (ram’s horn–see explanation of shofar here).

I will put up a some other stuff, today, though I’m rushing to do other stuff before the big meal.  And, G-d-willing, I will be back on Monday Night or Tuesday Morning with even more new stuff.

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

To everyone, see you very, very soon.  And thank you for your continued patronage of this site.  I very much appreciate my readers, their continued support of this site, and, of course, their tips and comments always.

Thanks to the many readers who sent me i- and e-cards 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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27 Responses

Debbie, have easy fast and a great year! Looking forward to another year of reading the best written conservative blog in the world.

Bonzer Wolf on September 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Have an easy fast. Happy New Year.

Michael Schwartz on September 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

The Day of Judgement- for us to personally accept responsibility for our own errors, as individuals. No attempts to shift the blame to others for our own shortcomings. The Holy One sees all, and knows what’s truly in our hearts.

Doda McCheesle on September 27, 2009 at 5:52 pm

From a Christian to my Jewish friend…May the blessings of
G-d fall upon you and your family…Have a great fast and draw close to your creator…

Dusty on September 27, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    This is the blessing I give (right hand to head :)

    The Priestly Blessing (at Numbers 6.22 and 6.24-6.27):

    22 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:

    ***24 “The LORD bless you and keep you;

    ***25 The LORD make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;

    ***26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.”’

    ***27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

    And, so my prayers won’t be let,

    In Jesus Name, Amen

    goldenmike4393 on September 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Is Roman Polanski a good jew? Are you going to put up an article letting your readers now he was finally arrested for the rape of a 13 year old? I feel you are going to somehow defend his actions. Me thinks if he were another religion, you would be all over it. Hypocrite.

H: Hey, anti-Semite liar, I am all over it. I criticized him. And he’s not a Jew. Stop lying. DS

Hitler was a jew on September 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Have you thought that it might be more appropriate to post this on a relevant article? Also, is Roman Polanski a practicing Jew? In addition, do you really want to bring up the topic of Islam and Child Brides? You might want to think about things a bit before shouting.

    sorrow01 on September 27, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Let me guess: you’re a muzzie?

    goldenmike4393 on September 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Your very name shows you are an idiot and a lunatic!

    JulieJ on September 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

God Bless ya. Also I LOVED BiBi Netanyahu’s speech (as opposed to Obama’s Anti-American/Anti-Israeli Rant!).

jeremy on September 27, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I saw only one car on this busy street in Israel, on Yom Kippur. And it must have been an emergency vehicle.

http://www.zetov.info/ayalon_camera.php

Randy T on September 28, 2009 at 12:16 am

Have a blessed Yom Kippur.

Paul on September 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

Is Roman Polanski a good jew?

Hitler was a jew on September 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm

As far as Judaism is concerned, Polanski was not born Jewish. But according to Hitlers like yourself, he is, because he has Jewish paternal ancestry.

The Priestly Blessing (at Numbers 6.22 and 6.24-6.27)
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In Jesus Name, Amen

goldenmike4393 on September 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm

From the Torah’s blessing to your shoving your beliefs down our throats.

Thanks for nothing.

Shy Guy on September 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Shy Guy:

    You might want to take time (if you know) to explain being born Jewish and practicing the Jewish religion. A lot of people don’t get it.

    Shoving my beliefs down your throat? Excuse me? This is still a FREE country. You’re free to believe as you will, as am I.

    goldenmike4393 on September 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm

      PS My Jewish husband doesn’t take offense.

      goldenmike4393 on September 28, 2009 at 3:46 pm

You might want to take time (if you know) to explain being born Jewish and practicing the Jewish religion. A lot of people don’t get it.

A Jew is defined according to Jewish law as one whose mother was Jewish or one who has legitimately converted to Judaism.

Whether a Jew practices Judaism or not does not detract from his or her being part of Jewish people.

Shoving my beliefs down your throat? Excuse me? This is still a FREE country. You’re free to believe as you will, as am I.

goldenmike4393 on September 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm

This is a blog, not a country. The author of this blog is obviously Jewish and observantly so at that.

It would never occur to me to comment on a blog with a specific religious orientation which is not my own, in a manner that would be contradictory, offensive and in-your-face, unless of course such a blog invited such responses.

There’s my free speech. It’s about your bad form – and you’re not the only one. The others include additional Christians like yourself and Muslims. Great company you got there!

PS My Jewish husband doesn’t take offense.

I can’t imagine why not.
/sarc

Shy Guy on September 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Do you know what’s really FREEING?

    Not caring one whit about what you say or think. I know what I think of you, and I will graciously keep it to myself.

    Cheers!

    goldenmike4393 on September 28, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Debbie, it’s hilarious to see the Reform Jews fasting. As if.

A1 on September 28, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Do you know what’s really FREEING?

Not caring one whit about what you say or think.

goldenmike4393 on September 28, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Yeh. That’s why you replied to me twice.

But now I’m sad knowing you won’t reply again. :(

Debbie, it’s hilarious to see the Reform Jews fasting.

A1 on September 28, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Why?

Shy Guy on September 29, 2009 at 1:33 am

Happy new year, new hours, minutes and seconds for the Jewish people. Mind you that I am not Jewish, but please support, stand, and fight for them and the existence of Israel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Fwe00oVFM

THANK YOU GREATLY.

Daniel. on September 29, 2009 at 1:57 am

Sorry,

That is the translation in English for the song I posted in my previous comment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPMKHtAsa9U&eurl=http://www.debbieschlussel.com/

Thank you.

Daniel. on September 29, 2009 at 2:07 am

Because a person has parents who practice Judaism, doesnt mean they are such. A person born from a Baptist family does not mean they are Baptist. choices come to free people.
Hitler was born a child of parents who were Communist. Hitler was not into Catholicsm as he loved Marxism or Socialism and the NAZI Party when started was a Socialist Party. He became involved in the occult, a choice, but when he became chief, he demanded that all children become Hitler Youth. They had no choice!
Jews have a choice as to being a part of Judaism or Christianity or any other fraction. Under Islam there is so freedom. Ex-Muslims are now asking Eric Holder for protection. He will probably protect the Muslims who want to kill the Ex-Muslims!

btilly on September 29, 2009 at 10:20 am

    There is a Judeo-Christian ethic. And we should think about that – especially when we face so many dangers. I don’t remember being this afraid for the USA. I am truly afraid. I don’t remember who said it this weekend but in Obama, just like Bill Clinton, we have a boy/man for a president. And that is very, very dangerous. He is undermining our allies: Israel, Honduras, Poland, the Czech Republic – while he cowtows to radical Moslems. Be afraid – be very afraid. And let’s not even start on Eric Holder.

    JulieJ on September 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Btilly, I’m not sure exactly who or what you’re responding to. If it’s to m, let me disagree.

Because a person has parents who practice Judaism, doesnt mean they are such. A person born from a Baptist family does not mean they are Baptist. choices come to free people.

Each belief system can and does define what constitutes a member of that group and his or her obligations.

Judaism and Christianity (any flavor), do not abide by the same rules of membership qualification.

Jews have a choice as to being a part of Judaism or Christianity or any other fraction. Under Islam there is no freedom.

No. Judaism doesn’t offer a choice. Each person has free will to decide what is good versus evil, what is right versus wrong. However, there are legal and spiritual consequences in Jewish theology, whether we’re talking about murder, slander or heresy in this case. In that sense, Judaism and Islam are actually similar.

Shy Guy on September 29, 2009 at 10:53 am

The Kol Nidre is very beautiful. This was a difficult Yom Kippur for many of us.

JulieJ on September 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm

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