September 24, 2004

Day of Atonement

Tonight begins the end of the High Holidays which began with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah and ends tonight with Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur.

I was going to write something about it. But Simon already wrote a great explanation of the holiday and Rishon wrote about the liturgical peculiarities. Both of these were fabulous posts and I have little to add.

I would add once again, as I did before, my hope that this is a quiet holiday and, for those who keep us safe from harm, a boring and uneventful tour of duty.

Let me also add a note about how my family marks the end of the penitential fast. After nothing crosses the plain of your lips for 25-27 hours, no water, no nothing, we break our fast. How? Since I have been about twelve, and old enough to join in the fast, I have joined in the breaking of the fast with a shot of Scotch. Have you ever tried this? It hits your stomach like an explosion and warmth spreads throughout your body like it was on fire. This is a great way to end the fast. However, you do find yourself in temple during that last service just wishing for a drink! That may not be completely within the spirit of the holiday, but, what are you going to do?

I wish all of those celebrating this holiday an easy fast! And to the rest of you here in NYC, I urge you to follow the example of some of my non-Jewish friends and go out to a nice restaurant since there is almost never a problem, according to my friends, in getting a reservation that night!

Posted by Random Penseur at September 24, 2004 08:29 AM

Well, I won't be fasting, but I think I'll take a shot of scotch anyway!

I hope you have a pleasant holiday!

Posted by: Mick at September 24, 2004 03:52 PM

On Scotch!!! Boy, you must have a iron clad stomach; and head! I'd be asleep for the rest of the week! We broke on tuna and pretezls and later we have our after fast ice cream. Hope your fast was an easy one.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at September 25, 2004 04:05 PM

Rachel Anne, the Scotch still sounds like a nicer alternative.

Posted by: RP at September 28, 2004 11:18 AM
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