Yom Kippur (Wikipedia)
“Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר, IPA: [ˈjɔm kiˈpur]), also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for religious Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days.
Yom Kippur is the tenth day of the month of Tishrei. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a “book” on Rosh Hashanah and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict. During the Days of Awe, a Jew tries to amend his or her behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God (bein adam leMakom) and against other human beings (bein adam lechavero). The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt (Vidui). At the end of Yom Kippur, one considers one’s self absolved by God.”
It’s just a great idea to have a day like this being observed by a whole community of people…if we were all more mindful of this kind of thing I bet there might be less trouble in the world and more peace? Aren’t we all need of some forgiveness and confession? A whole year happens so quickly and we do so many questionable things that sometimes we need that one day to let it all out. For those atoning today – my heart goes there with you…for those of us not…my heart wishes we would.