Thursday, September 12, 2013

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, Israel’s most holy Shabbat began at sunset today. The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27-32) is when the Children of Israel are to afflict their souls in anticipation of the Day they shall look upon Him whom they have pierced and mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son (Zechariah 12:10). This day in Israel is typically a day of fasting, prayer, and silence: the streets still, not as much as a taxi, businesses shuttered, radio stations mute, and the pervading silence even constrains the tongue. This is how it began that tranquil autumn morning of October 6 1973:

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