Yom Kippur 2017

Yom Kippur Tonight
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins tonight at sunset and lasts until nightfall tomorrow night. It is the only time that the Torah mandates that we “afflict” ourselves. We accomplish that by refraining from eating, drinking, wearing leather shoes (they didn’t have Crocs back then), bathing for pleasure or engaging in marital relations. We spend our day asking God for forgiveness, but not nearly enough time asking the same from our fellow man. Perhaps this year we should make an effort to focus a bit more on how we treat each other and create an environment in which we can live together in unity and peace? When we succeed at living in peace with each other, we’ll be much more prepared to make true peace with our enemies.

May we all be granted forgiveness and be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.

Wishing you all an easy fast and a Gmar Chatima Tova.