Tonight begins Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.
It is the most important holiday of the year. This year is also the 40th anniversary of the tragic Yom Kippur war, when Egypt and Syria launched an attack against Israel.
So much has happened that it’s hard to know what to do today. So, on a somewhat lighter note, check out Chabad.com for the ABC’s on Yom Kippur and NPR on the secret of getting through (eating kreplach!).
Be sure to also enjoy the disconnection from the hectic live we all lead today. As this reporter said in the Washington Post: But in between those sunsets, it was clear that anyone, even an outsider could feel the magic of the Day of Atonement. While pedaling down the wrong side of the road, I regretted that the entire world couldn’t share in the experience of a 24 hour massive shutdown, forcing everyone outside to spend time together for just one day each year. With the vision of the clear highway filling the horizon ahead, I was just sorry that Yom Kippur had to end.
And, if you are visual person, like myself, I found this pretty cool infographic. It’s a wonderful visualization!
Oh, and sundown begins at 7:19PM, eastern standard time (US East Coast).
PS – We will also be offline!