Continuation: New year and the Holy day of atonement Yom kippur

We left off by the prayers. We all go home and eat a festive meal together with the family.

In the afternoon there is another beautiful tradition called Tashlich. The name is derived from the Hebrew word “casting” as in casting away our sins. The whole Jewish community comes together by the lake where there fishes and recites prayers and symbolically cast away our sins. For a real nice explanation of this custom see http://www.chabad.org/holidays/jewishnewyear/template_cdo/aid/564247/jewish/What-is-Tashlich.htm

Today, it’s Yom Kippur eve. On the Jewish calendar Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year. It’s the day of atonement where we seek and beg for forgiveness and pray to be inscribed and sealed in the book of Life. We fast on this day and spend the time mostly praying. We do not wear leather shoes and if you live near a Jewish community you might have seen everyone walking around with sneakers. On this day, we are compared to angels who do not have physical needs and another reason is that we afflict ourselves to demonstrate our regret. It’s a day meant to purify us and to strip our souls bare.

After Yom kippur is over, we feel cleansed and purified and hopefully starting the New Year on the right foot.

Wishing my Jewish readers an easy fast and may G-d grant you a sweet New year with only Nachas (pride or pleasure, especially at the achievements of one’s children.), health, riches and only good tidings!

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