A few thoughts for Yom Kippur

  • Some 63 percent of Israeli Jews plan to fast on Yom Kippur, according to a survey published in Ynet.
  • If fasting merely makes us think about food, doesn’t this detract from the spiritual aspect of the day? Chabad offers an answer.
  • There is no more fitting day than Yom Kippur to ask what is the difference between transgressions between man and God and those between man and man, writes former Israeli Knesset member Yossi Sarid, in Ha’aretz. Are the transgressions committed by leaders of a congregation – or leaders of a country – transgressions against God or against their citizens? And if they have no God, then what?
  • Even after all our work on Yom Kippur of trying to better ourselves, we still won’t be perfect. But maybe our focus on atonement, self-transformation and self-betterment on this day can bring us a little bit closer to those elusive dreams of perfection, writes Rabbi Mark Glickman in the Seattle Times.
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