Thursday, October 9, 2008

Yom Kippur

We were planning to go to services last night, but Jack was home sick from school. Turns out he has strep. And considering how germs fly around this house, I thought it might be wise to visit our pediatrician last night to have the whole gang checked! Luckily we seem to have caught it before it spread!

I'm still learning about what it means to be a Jewish family. Here's what I've learned about Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur is also known as the Day of Atonement.

It is the time for us to focus on our behavior toward other people, toward the world, toward our inner selves, and toward God. During this time we ask God's forgiveness. We say "I'm sorry" and try to find ways to become better people.

We pray, both as individuals and as a community, about the past year: Did we do our best? What could we try to do differently in the upcoming year?

We promise to try harder to grow, strengthen, and improve the quality of our lives and the progress of our world.

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