YOM KIPPURIM – The Wednesday Wordapod
The Wednesday Wordapod is …
(Note: You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate this one, but it may help. Enjoy, and continued Happy/Healthy/Fulfilling New Year to you and your families!)
Yom Kippurim (n) – a relatively new Jewish holiday that occurs around June 15. It combines fasting and solemn repentance with periods of unmitigated joy. While the fasting is done for most of the day, followers of this holiday are allowed one hamentashen, one glass of wine, and one zany circle dance—if done between 3:00 and 3:30 pm.
Sample Sentence: The officers of Congregation Sons of Doctors were gratified that their first-ever Yom Kippurim service drew 100-plus members to the schul.
I was surprised to hear that Renaissance Rabbi Gersh Lewin did not celebrate Yom Kippurim. He graciously met up with me for a short interview.
Matt: Hello, Rabbi Lewin.
Gersh: Please, it’s Gersh.
Matt: Gersh, why do you oppose Yom Kippurim? Sounds like a good idea to me.
Gersh: Do Christians have an Eastmas combining Easter and Christmas?
Matt: I’m Jewish, and don’t think so, but why do we need to follow others?
Gersh: Did I imply that we are followers? My point is that Purim is about pure joy, and Yom Kippur is about repentance, self-reflection and self-improvement. How can I confess to God about my sins, or the sins of my community, if I am doing a drunken circle dance? Does it make sense to you?
Matt: I thought it did. Anything else to add on the subject?
Gersh: Do you have anything else to add?
Matt: I forget who was asking the questions here.
Gersh: Do you usually ask the questions? Don’t you learn just as much when you answer questions? Don’t you believe in the Socratic approach? Are you anti-Socratic?
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