the Jewish Skinny

September 28th, 2017


8th of Tishrei, 5778

the dish
the dish

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. It is an opportunity to raise our level of awareness of others in our lives who we may have offended or treated poorly over the last year. This is the time when we ask for forgiveness before our fate is sealed by God in the Book of Life, or not.

the GPS
the GPS

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Friday, Sept 29 th and concludes at sundown on Saturday, Sept 30th. This year is unique in that Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat.

Don’t forget, you still eat round challahs on Friday night for Yom Kippur dinner, prior to Kol Nidre.

the goods
the goods

On Yom Kippur we refrain from eating, drinking, washing our bodies or wearing leather. Instead of focusing on “goods,” we spend our day in the synagogue, engaged in repentance and prayer.

In the book of Leviticus, the 3rd book of the Torah, we are commanded to “afflict” (burden, oppress) ourselves on Yom Kippur. The rabbis determined that “affliction” means that we are to deny ourselves certain luxuries, including wearing leather footwear. Leather shoes were considered a comfort until recent times, when it became possible to manufacture comfortable shoes of other materials. So, it’s actually dress code trending to wear your sneakers on Yom Kippur.

the goods

Good cocktail party intel: Judaism in general forbids us to ever mix wool and linen in a garment. It is said that ancient pagan priests used to wear wool and linen processed together, because they knew how to make use of it for occult practices, including idol worshipping. Therefore the Torah forbids us from using it.

the holy in it
the holy in it

On Yom Kippur, we atone for our sins and apologize to those we have hurt. Because that is not always easy, Team Skinny is providing 2 simple and clear ways to help you apologize to someone you may have offended or upset. Below are 2 templates, one for a family member and one for a friend. You can download it, fill it out and email it to a friend, or print it out and mail it.

Link to “Letter of Forgiveness Template to a Friend”

Link to “Letter of Forgiveness Template to a Family Member”

For some of us, fasting from food is not a hardship. With all due respect, the ketosis diet, starving one’s body for 16 hours is all the rage. Team Skinny leaves you with this question: What WOULD BE a hardship for you to fast from?

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