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Some thoughts before Yom Kippur

September 25, 2009

This will be my special Yom Kippur blog post. According to this article from today’s Washington Post, most people are bored during services. I, of course, find that hard to believe! But just in case you are one of them, I am attaching some things you might find as meaningful reading during the Yom Kippur services (of course, not during the sermon!).

But first I want to protect myself. Our tradition teaches us that God judges us as we judge others. As you might imagine, I am not a big “fan” of President Obama’s approach to the Arab/Israeli conflict (to be discussed in my Kol Nidre sermon). But I don’t want to be overly harsh in my judgment and I must give credit where credit is due. And the President does deserve credit for this: http://matzav.com/lieberman-israel-pleased-by-obama-mention-of-jewish-state

Now for the Yom Kippur reading: in 60 minutes or less – or in 15 pages – you can learn everything you need to know by downloading http://jewishworldreview.com/0909/yk6009.pdf (You may first have to save it before printing it. If you don’t know what that means, ask any five year old!)

One of the most important aspects of the Yom Kippur liturgy is the confession of sins. If none of the sins listed in the Machzor speak to you (which means you must be a saint), then why not consider thinking up some of your own: http://www.pjll.org/article.php?id=625

Do you want to know what the coming year is going to be like? Don’t we all! Here’s your chance to make predictions for the Jewish world: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0909/tobin091709.php3

May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for this year … and many years to come.

Mitchell Wohlberg, Rabbi

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