Sunday, September 27, 2009

Day of Atonement

Starting at sundown tonight is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is the tenth day following the new year, Rosh Hashanah, and it is when the Book of Life is sealed for this year. It is a day of fasting (for those who are medically able), prayer and reflection. It is the most somber day of the year, and yet it has always been one of my favorite holidays, even when I was in high school. I find it a wonderful time to focus on all that is important and have an entire day of prayer and community. The liturgy and music are beautiful, made all the more special because we only recite them once a year. Tomorrow morning there is a memorial service, which will be especially poignant this year as we will remember our dear Barbara, and I will think of my aunt, who were with us last year at this time.

I will be keeping all of my blog sisters and their families in my prayers --both for petition and for thankfulness for all of your presence in my life.


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I once lived smack dab in the middle of an Hassidic compound when I was younger. I loved it! I felt really useful on Fridays and Saturdays. I was kept hoppin', let me tell you. Plus I got lots of tasty handouts and everyone spoiled my cats. Hope you are having a good time despite it being really somber.

Anonymous said...

I could sit at your feet and listen to the teachings of your religion. I'm always fascinated when someone is willing to share!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Sounds lovely...and peaceful.

Debra said...

We have so much to be thankful for! I enjoy reading your post as you share your faith. Blessings of peace and all that is good!

Chatty Crone said...

Let us know how your doctor appointment goes. Peace be with you.

blushing rose said...

G'morn, my friend ~ My Drs. all keep me updated on these holy events in their religion. May you be filled with love & peace.

TY for your sweet wishes on my birthday. That Sherry is something else again.

Have a beautiful week. TTFN ~ Marydon

Amrita said...

I just love the Jewish holidays and observances.

Thank you for remembering your blog buddies on this holy day.

God bless you BC

Bearly Sane said...

I've always wondered what Yom Kippur was ... the only Jewish persons I have known were my old family doctor, and the most wonderful boss I have ever worked for when I was in my thirties, who have both since passed on, much to my regret. Thank you for explaining what it means.
Warmest hugs,