Thursday, October 6, 2011

[Shefa] Is Yom Kippur a 'really fun day'?


A true story from Israel... A Different Reality

Yesterday morning this very sweet little girl around 9 years old, with light brown hair and freckles and 
earnest eyes came up to me and asked:
      "In America do they celebrate Yom Kippur the way we do? Is it a really fun day?"

"Well, I said, the Jews in America certainly observe Yom Kippur. They fast and go to shul
   But I wouldn't call it a really fun day."

"No, I mean is it like here? Is it a fun day?" she asked, smiling in anticipation.

"Do you mean, do they go to synagogue and pray and fast?" I said.

She looked at me uncomprehendingly.
      "No, it's a fun day! You, know; We ride our bicycles and have a lot of fun."

"Oh", I said. "No. It's not that way. Even though there are a lot of Jews in America, there are many more people of other religions and they don't celebrate Yom Kippur. The roads and highways are not closed."

She was disappointed....

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G'mar Chatimah Tovah
Ilana Rosansky

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