Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Different Strokes

I will be going to synagogue this Yom Kippur, and fasting. I have done so pretty regularly for the past 15 years. It is, in fact, one of my favorite Jewish holy-days. The meaning is clear and, in my opinion at least, meaningful and significant. Examine our behavior. Repent. Improve.

Today I came across two articles, by old friends, both about Yom Kippur. Both passionate in their own way.

This one, by Rachele Baile, describes her own secular/spiritual path.

This one, by Brad Burston, bemoans secular Israeli's who dismiss Reform practices on Yom Kippur as untrue to Judaism, while at the same time not believing in nor ever practicing Orthodoxy, which they hold up as the only authentic Judaism.


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