Yom Kippur Should Not be Boring
Growing up, my family attended synagogue and fasted on Yom Kippur. Honestly, the all-day service was tedious, and although the day felt holy, I did not feel spiritually connected.
As my spiritual relationship with God and Judaism grew, Yom Kippur became more significant to me. I finally understood why it is the holiest day of the year.
The sounds of the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah are reminiscent of a child crying out to their parent. Our sages teach that the bond between a parent and child can never be severed, so too, our bond to our father in heaven is eternal.
Yom Kippur is the day of forgiveness because God is a loving, kind, merciful, and compassionate father to his children.
Prayer has the power to elicit God’s forgiveness as it says, “I have forgiven them, according to your words” (Numbers 14:20).
However, we conclude the holiest day of the year with one long shofar blast. This is a powerful reminder that no matter what mistakes we made during the year, our heartful cry is accepted by God, who does not forsake his children. As it says, “God will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
May this Yom Kippur provide you the opportunity to connect spiritually to God and experience his love, compassion, forgiveness.
I wish you a Shabbat Shalom and a meaningful Yom Kippur,
Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz
P.S. The satirical High Holiday illustration in this email was painted by Julius Ciss, the director of Jews for Judaism Canada. To view more of his art, visit www.juliusciss.com.
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