|09/29/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Yom Kippur|
“And HaShem spoke unto
Moses, saying: Howbeit on the tenth day of this seventh month is the
day of atonement; there shall be a holy convocation unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls; and
ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto HaShem. And ye shall do no manner of work in that
same day; for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement for you before HaShem your G-d. For
whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any manner of work in that same day, that soul will I destroy
from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work; it is a statute for ever throughout your
generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of solemn rest, and ye shall afflict
your souls; in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye keep your sabbath.”
- Leviticus 23: 26-32
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Yom Kippur, the most solemn of all the Jewish holidays, the Day of Atonement, begins tonight at sundown.
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|Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, marks the end of
the Yamin Noraim (Days of Awe) and falls on the 10th day of Tishrei
(Tishri), the seventh month in the Jewish calendar. Many Jewish
communities engage in intense prayer and fasting.
What do people do?
Many Jewish people around the world observe Yom Kippur each year. Many Jewish people prepare and eat a festive meal on the day before the holiday starts. They also give to charity and visit people to seek or give forgiveness. Many also gather in a synagogue before sunset for a prayer service. Particular customs are associated with this service in some communities. Men may wear a kittel or sargenes (a white robe) and a tallit (prayer shawl).
Many people of Jewish faith do not eat or drink, wear leather shoes, wash themselves, or use perfumes for about 25 hours. Many choose to wear white clothes as a symbol of ritual purity. Outside of Israel, some Jewish people may take some of their annual leave at this time to allow them to mark Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur is a public holiday in Israel, in which stores, post offices and other businesses are closed. Public transit services do not run and there are no radio or television broadcasts in Israel on this day. It is considered impolite to eat in public or drive a motor vehicle, although secular Jews may ride bicycles, particularly on the eve of Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur is not a nationwide public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. However, many Jewish businesses, organizations and schools may be closed on this holiday and the streets around synagogues may be busy.
Yom Kippur is often considered the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur’s origins lie in a ritual purification of the Temple in Jerusalem from any accidental ritual impurities that had occurred in the past year. The Kohen Gadol (high priest) entered the Holy of Holies at the center of the temple on Yom Kippur. It was important that he was spiritually and physically as pure as possible.
Many rituals were carried out to ensure that the Kohen Gadol was pure and that he did not carry any ritual impurities into the Holy of Holies. Yom Kippur became a more somber holiday after the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. The Torah calls the day Yom HaKippurim and Leviticus 23:27 decrees a strict prohibition of work and affliction of the soul upon the 10th day of the seventh month, known as Tishrei.
Many Jewish men wear a kittel or sargenes and a tallit on Yom Kippur. A kittel is a simple white robe that is also used as a shroud and is worn by bridegrooms in some Jewish communities. A tallit (tallis, taleysm) is a prayer shawl with tzitzis strings tied through each of the four corners. The strings are tied in different ways in accordance with the wearer’s tradition. One or more of the strings were traditionally dyed using a blue dye known as tekhelet, which may come from the murex trunculus, a type of sea snail.
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From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/29/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL - 10/10/16, 12:10 PM - "Yom Kippur":
|Jews around the
world, are in the midst of the high holidays and the
observance of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. It is not only a
time to welcome in the new Jewish year but it is also a time
to ask for forgiveness and atonement for wrong doings to
others and to G-d.
A friend shared the
following posting on his Facebook page which resonated for
me during these times. I share his words as they capture my
own thoughts during the high holidays.
Thank you so much for sharing this, Norm!
From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 10/11/16 - "Yom Kippur":
adults are encouraged to fast on Yom Kippur. Here are my top 5 things
that I keep in mind when trying to fast while taking care of children
(or adults!) who don't....
With the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur approaching, I thought this would be a good time to talk about fasting, especially what it is like to fast when your children are not old enough to do so.
Judaism is a religion that celebrates the body and makes all interactions that the body has with the outside world somehow special. We have blessings when we eat or drink anything, we have a blessing that acknowledges the wonders of our body every time we use the bathroom if we choose to say it, and we designate certain times of the year to allow our physical bodies to take a break from consumption so that we can focus on our spiritual selves more clearly.
There are four minor fasts in Judaism which consist of not eating or drinking anything from sunrise to sunset. These were instituted by a committee of sages a few thousand years ago. There are two 25-hour fasts in Judaism. Yom Kippur is the most commonly known one, as it is celebrated as the final day of the first ten days of the Jewish new year which falls in the autumn and begins with Rosh HaShanah. The other 25-hour fast occurs in the summer to commemorate the destruction of the first and second temples and it is called by the Hebrew date that it falls on, Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av).
In traditional Judaism, you are responsible to begin fasting when you enter Jewish adulthood which (age of 13 for boys and age 12 for girls, typically). The purpose of fasting is not to suffer or put your life in danger, but rather to focus on mystical and spiritual aspects of the human experience which historically were celebrated with lots of prayer and meditation and hanging around together talking. (According to Jewish tradition, if fasting endangers your life, you are forbidden to fast.)
I have written for Kveller.com about the significance I see in the fasting experience and I often feel very energized and inspired by the body’s ability to survive for a period of time without food or water, but also being able to function. Pregnant women do not need to fast: as a lactation educator counselor, I often get calls from Jewish women who would like to observe fasts but don’t know the rules about fasting and pregnancy and breast-feeding. In these situations, the health of the mother is always the most important thing to consider.
When I was pregnant and breast-feeding I was able to fast and sometimes I modified my fasts in ways that are accepted by Jewish law. When my children were nursing and running around as toddlers tend to do, fasting was a challenge but I was grateful that when my boys would now (participate) on fasting days, I could join them.
Now that they are eight and almost 11, fasting presents different challenges. No one naps and they seem to be hungry all the time which requires me to handle food and prepare food for them a lot more than one would like to when they are fasting!
I enjoy the challenges of living a life of religious observance and I want to share the top five things that I think are important when trying to fast with children. I think these pointers could probably apply to any time you are not feeling well and have to take care of other people, though.
I know that there are people who choose not to fast or whose bodies cannot tolerate fasting for medical reasons. I would like to suggest to those people that if they would like to try to experience some of the positive aspects of fasting without completely fasting, eating plain foods and refraining from eating super-fun foods that have lots of sugar and salt or even drinking water instead of juice or soda are some ways to feel the impact of the significance of the day which is a fasting day.
No matter whether you fast or not, I wish everyone a meaningful Yom Kippur. It is always a goal of mine to better appreciate the wonders of our bodies, our minds, and our capacities to tolerate change. I wish that for you too.
Thanks so much, Mayim!
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