On Tuesday night (October 11, 2016) marks the holiest day in Judaism, known as Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). According to Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz (October 10, 2016), less than one third of 13 million Jews world-wide would attend services at synagogues even some Jew mobsters.
I wish every Jew celebrate the event in some synagogue.
Yom Kippur always reminds me of Pakistani pilots who volunteered to fight Israeli aggression against Syrian brothers in October 1973.
If someone is interested to find the religious significance of Yom Kippur, he needs to study Yom Kippur – Liar’s Holliday written by Michael Hoffman, a renowned Christian scholar on Judaism. Why Hoffman call it Liar’s Holiday? Well, on that night, Jews recite their annual prayer, known as Kol Nidre, which Hoffman believes allows Jews to cheat others, especially non-Jews like Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion Ponze scheme.
Yom Kippur may bring good news for Donald Trump. On October 9, Allison Kaplan Sommer reported at Israeli Ha’aretz that Orthodox Jewish supporters of GOP nominee Donald Trump could ask G-d’s forgiveness for his sins against Israel and the Jews on this Yom Kippur. I wonder what sin the idiot is talking about. Trump’s daughter Ivanka did convert to marry an Orthodox Jew Jared Kushner seven years ago.
Jonathan Zasloff at the Jewish Journal (October 6) advised fellow Jews to forgive Barack Obama on Yom Kippur for not putting a no-fly zone over Syria as demanded by Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Ron Hirsch’s ‘self-hating ‘ prayer at the Tikkun Daily (September 8) was: “The first essential for a true observance of Yom Kippur is a reflection on all the ways in which one has, whether as an individual or as part of a larger group, harmed others or harmed oneself; the ways in which one has strayed from essential goodness. If Israel looked at itself in this way, if West Bank settlers looked at themselves in this way, by going inside oneself deeply, they would discover many ways in which they have harmed Palestinians individually and as a group, as well as harmed the prospects for peace and thus ultimately harmed Israel and themselves.”
The Kol Nidre has had a very eventful history, both in itself and its influence on the legal status of Jews. It was introduced into liturgy despite opposition from the rabbinic authorities, repeatedly attacked in the course of time by many halakists (Jewish Sharia authorities), and in the 19th century expunged from the prayer-books by many communities in western Europe – it has often been employed by Christians to support their assertion that the oath of a Jew cannot be trusted. I wonder, why the Muslim rulers never realized that and appointed some Jewish judges in Muslim Spain.