Saturday, September 30, 2006
Afflicting the Soul
The name "Yom Kippur" means "Day of Atonement," and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to "afflict the soul," to atone for the sins of the past year. This year, Yom Kippur is October 1.
I'm not Jewish. If I were, I'd need more than one day. "The Day of Atonement absolves from sins against God, but not from sins against a fellow man unless the pardon of the offended person be secured." Some Jews in Israel might need a bit more than a day, too.