October 7, 2011, - 3:59 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 Saturday 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 (Saturday) 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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20 Responses

they are praying at the wall where they will all be burried or slaughtered

K: Spoken like a true Muslim. Ever so tolerant. Folks, our Muslim nutjob from California, Kay Idriss, returns. DS

kay on October 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    You know what Muzzie? You can go f*ck yourself. Damned Arabic Dog.

    Enjoy the fast Debbie. Say a prayer or two for your Gentle friend here. πŸ™‚

    Blessings and Peace to you.


    Pat in Michigan on October 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Debbie, I decided to ignore and bypass Kay Idriss’ vile and moronic comment. Hey Kay Idriss, you are a despicable human-being you rat, you have nothing appreciatable to say but to say that “they are praying at the wall where they will all be burried or slaughtered.”. And you misspelled the word buried Kay.

    I won’t be surprised if Kay Idriss his or herself was at the “Pro-Hama rally” in New York City, NY a number of months ago (pro-Israel and pro-USA demonstrators countered protest those pro-islamist terrorist filth)?

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

    Sean R. on October 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Sanfy Koufax didn’t play, but Ryan Braun half Jewish will play tonight for Milwaukee.

    Bill C. on October 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Kay: how what exactly did those 3 guys,(whose faces u cannot even see)do to you? A statement like this proves just how crass you are. Maybe you should stop trolling web sites and go learn something about history and religion. It might teach you to be a better human being.

    Debbie: I sincerely believe that not all Muslims are evil. There are just douche bags that happen to follow their own version of Islam and use that to justify their douchebaggy needs ( I mean come on, these are the same people that blow themselves up! something must gone terribly wrong somewhere). But then there are others who just follow the traditions of Islam and let every one else follow their own traditions without an issue.

    On a more pleasant note. May you have an easy fast and be sealed in the Book of Life. πŸ™‚

    Irina on October 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Always nice to see the members of the Tolerant Religion O’ Peace at their FINEST!

    Occam's Tool on October 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Wow, that’s great and interesting Debbie. If I happen to marry a jewish girl (I’m mainly into girls who are either christian, jewish, agnostic, & spiritual-not-religious) and she’s very spiritual/religious, the no sexual relations part will kinda bother me a little, but I’ll understand because of Yom Kippur and it’s traditions. But other than that DS, enjoy Yom Kippur, remain safe and secure & “Gmar Chatimah Tova”!

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

Sean R. on October 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Have a peaceful Yom Kippur. And those of you who have put some of us on hate lists, who sent hate mail, who attacked us as Jews and Americans, well, Gay Kocken uf en yam.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I just love the Jewish holidays. They are so rich and when one is committed to celebrating them proper, they sure do test your discipline. I just love that and see that as a fabulous challenge. I’d really struggle with them (as a non-Jew) but I am sure a seasoned Jew takes them in stride. It’s a background I respect and admire…and I often think of what it may be like to celebrate them proper, both in the past and present.

Gmar Chatimah Tovah!

(Jon Grant LOL! I know what the last line means from Howard Stern and it made me LOLOL!!!)

Skunky on October 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

May the Light of the Lord shine
Upon all that believe.
Grant us the strength to continue
Let our Struggle to Lead
And not be followers of the mindless and evil.

Good health, wisdom, and prosperity
To all who gather and revere Yahweh.

Jai on October 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm

A blessed Yom Kippur to you Debbie.

Road Warrior on October 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

A Blessed Yom Kippur Debbie and all other Jewish readers here. Debbie, please forgive me for any sins that I have committed against you in the past year.

JeffE on October 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Debbie: May you be sealed in the Book of Life!

Ed on October 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Amen, Ed.

    JeffE on October 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I used to observe Yom Kippur.

When I was younger and less cynical (or at least before I knew what that word meant), the day before would be spent preparing myself physically, mentally and spiritually.

Then at a small Sephardic synagogue in the outskirts of Paris, I would with my extended family in intense prayer, punctuated with some huffing on dried cloves – it took the edge off the fasting.

Maybe next year, in honour of my father (Of Blessed Memory), I may recommit to this ritual.

To all, regardless of faith – and even those who do not subscribe to any deity – to you and yours, Gmar Chatimah Tovah.

As for me, I acknowledge and accept my own shortcomings, as I continue to learn to respect love myself as I would do the same to others.

GOD… grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

The Reverend Jacques on October 8, 2011 at 3:04 am

Debbie, your public expression of a humble faith warms my heart and is a needed encouragement to others. I am a gentile friend who believes my faith is forever tied to and is an outgrowth of yours through Jesus. That is why I so admire the Jewish culture and your expressions of faith despite millennia of persecution and tribulation. Peace, truth and love be with you and yours.


John Coroy on October 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Sorry that I never seem to have time to get to those I care about although I do try. Debbie, I hope you fasted well and there is still time to wish you a G’mar Chatima Tova. Thank you once again for thinking of us.

Naomi R on October 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm


Wish you a blessed Yom Kippur!

Infidel on October 9, 2011 at 3:21 am

Debbie may we be inscribed in the Book of Life. My Detroit friend texted me a picture of Kol Nidre from his Machzor during services Friday nite. Luckily he wasn’t caught or my name would be next to his on the Chabad shit list. Now the holy day is over pls come over for catch up cholent, leather, bathing and sex.

A1 on October 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

A belated G’mar Chatima Tova to Debbie and her fans on this site.

Not Ovenready on October 9, 2011 at 11:58 am

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