“And this shall be a law to you for all time: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall pain yourself and do no work at all…For on that day atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you of all that you have done wrong — before God you will be clean.” Leviticus 16:29030
Today is Yom Kippur. Actually it began last night, at sunset; and it continues until nightfall, tonight. For Jews the world over, it is the holiest day of the year.
Yom Kippur is the day when we are supposed to fast, and spend most of the day in synagogue, in intensive prayer. The day we atone and ask for forgiveness, for all the wrongs we have committed against God, and each other, during the past year. The hope, at the end of the day, is that we’ve been forgiven.
For many, Yom Kippur is the only holiday they observe, the only time they go to synagogue. It is that significant. In fact, fasting and abstaining from work of any kind, are only a part of what it means to observe Yom Kippur. We are also not supposed to wash, bathe, use cosmetics, deodorants, perfume, etc. Technically, we’re not even supposed to wear leather shoes. And, needless to say, sex is on the forbidden list, as well.
Why? So nothing distracts us from ‘contemplation’. This is a day of contemplation, thinking of and acknowledging our wrong-doing; and praying for forgiveness. To truly ‘reflect’ we have to Continue reading