A chance to remove the tarnish of midsdeed from the spirit and in repentance start over again

By Rabbi Aaron Gol...
September 25, 2009

It is well known that most Jewish rituals are associated with food: honeycake for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), cheesecake for Shavuot (Pentecost) and doughnuts for Chanukah to name but a few.

This is why every Jewish household contains both at least one celebrity chef but many food critics! It is therefore noteworthy when a ritual is associated with abstinence from consuming food and imbibing liquids. There are in fact a number of minor fasts in the Jewish calendar, but the one that is observed by the majority of Jews is Yom Kippur: the Day of Atonement.

However, more important than whether one does or doesn’t eat, is the motivation for doing so: for one Biblically ordained, 24-hour period in a year, to put worldly material concerns aside and to focus internally on our being, our deeds and their foundation in moral fibre.

Read more at The Times Online http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6849309.ece

or at www.npls.org.uk


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