Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Yom Kippur 5775




The sun will soon set, and the Fast of Yom Kippur will be upon us.  This, of course, is the most solemn and holy day of the year on the Hebrew calendar.

During the late 1930's, my wife's grandfather tried, without success, to persuade his parents to leave Europe.  He lost contact with them, and their fate remains unknown, though, given the despoilments done in the vicinity of their residence, and some accounts of some survivors of their town, there can be little doubt that they were victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

So upon what day should my wife's grandfather commemorate their passing by reciting Kaddish?  He chose Yom Kippur.

There are more than one Jewish battle veterans who survived gunshot wounds to the stomach because they were fasting on Yom Kippur and their stomachs were empty.

I ask forgiveness from all I may have wronged, and grant forgiveness to all who ask me in earnest.

Have an easy fast!

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