Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yom Kippur & Me

Another year, another Yom Kippur. A time to pray, a time to reflect, a time to starve. This year I decided to try a new approach. I would daven at three different places. At night I davened at a Yeshiva; In the morning at a shul; and in the afternoon at someone's house who had a minyan for an organization dedicated to helping young people find themselves (that's the best way I can put it). The one thing they all had in common was uncomfortable chairs.

Despite being the worst day of the year for me, I'm positive that it's the best day for kids. You get to do whatever you want all day while your parents are busy in Shul. This usually entails running around the shul with as much candy and snacks as you can possibly fit into the knapsack you brought along with you. Also, forget having to brush your teeth or wash your hands and face - no, no, this is Yom Kippur. And don't forget - you get to wear a suit with sneakers. How cool?

Yom Kippur really is a day of reflection and looking ahead. I can tell you personally that I reflected on all the best things I ate this past year and all the things that I'd like to eat this coming year (things I didn't even know I liked).

There were some surprising moments also. Like this morning when I realized that it was also Shabbos. Or on my way to mincha when I realized I was wearing my leather Shabbos shoes.

I'm already counting down the days till next year.

1 comment:

  1. When I space out during davening, I inevitably start thinking about previous great meals during my life and how I regret not eating more at the time.