Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Before Yom Kippur Begins...


Well, it's here- Yom Kippur, the day that we get to show God how sorry we are for all the lousy stuff that we've done throughout the year by getting headaches and spending the day in shul next to the old lady who can't stop crying.

Before Yom Kippur, it's customary to ask forgiveness from people that we have sinned against. Therefore, to anyone that I may have offended- reader or fellow blogger- please know that the slight was unintentional and kindly find it in your heart to forgive me.

It is also customary to purge ourselves from sin by doing kapparot. I'm not real big on waving live chickens around my head and then slaughtering them, so in my house we do our kapparot with money. This year, I have decided to donate our kapparot money to Ezer Mizion, an Israeli organization that provides medical and social support services to the sick, incluing the world's largest Jewish Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Ezer Mizion has saved hundreds of lives so far. Their website is http://www.ezermizion.com/.

Wishing you all a G'mar Chatima Tova, an easy fast, and all the best in the year to come.

7 comments:

The Babysitter said...

"Wishing you all a G'mar Chatima Tova, an easy fast, and all the best in the year to come."

Amen, same to you!

For some reason I haven't asked anyone for forgiveness, I don't know why, but it reminds me of being a little kid, and I start to think it's silly, and don't take it seriously. But I really should. So...I forgive you for anything you may have said, and I hope you forgive me too!

muse said...

Gmar tov
Shavua tov and Chag Sameach!!

Baila said...

At my job, we refer families to Ezer Mizion when they need communication devices for their non-verbal children at home. These devices are very expensive and the families are able to rent them for pennies (well agurot) a day. It is a very worthwhile organization.

And nice pasta recipe!

Baila said...

BTW, I've become the old lady crying in shul on Yom Kippur!

Okay, not old, but definitely not the young one....

SuperRaizy said...

baila-
Why are you crying?

SuperRaizy said...

baila-
Never mind. I just read your latest post, so I see why you're sad. Chin up! It will get better!

Baila said...

Just so you know, I wasn't sad on Y"K, that was before the whole thing with the daughter.

On Yom Kippur, I always get emotional at the tefilot. It moves me that as a people we have these traditions that are still here after thousands of years. It is the tunes of the tefilah that gets me. In America many of the same tunes were sung on Long Island as when I was growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And now, here in Israel, the same tunes? How is that possible that all over the world Jews sing "Ki mitzion tetzeh Torah" the same exact way? I see Isaac standing solemnly at the Aron HaKodesh for "psicha" and I know that his and my father have done the same thing, and our grandfathers, and Raizy YOUR grandfathers have done it too. It makes me feel so connected to my Judaism.

Add the whole "who shall live and who shall die" thing on Yom Kippur--and how could I not tear up??

But you should know by now that I'm the one who tears up at Hallmark card ads and when I read Dear Abby....