Do you know what that is? I had never heard of it before. Last night we had the dinner for the night before Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday. Our friends came over, another excuse to hang out. No school today, the kids can still run around outside and play. Fun. Although, apparently Yom Kippur is a more "somber" holiday. I found this out because on FB Lisa wrote, "Lisa is.... going over to enjoy a somber dinner for Yom Kippur at Amy's house." "Holla."
So, coming back to what is Yom Kippur? We had this discussion at the dinner table. Dave (Lisa's husband) said it was the Jewish day version of confession. Hmmm.. "Who do you confess to?" I asked. "The guy at church?" Dave shakes his head, "No, not the guy at synagogue, you just confess to yourself." Well, Lisa was right, that is a bummer of a day. And there is a special day for that? Everyday is my Yom Kippur. So, that doesn't make any sense to me. I've never heard that before. Let's try again.
Lisa says, "It's the day your name goes in the book of Life for the year." This sounds better. Little Tommy, who is seven and Catholic got a little worried, "My name doesn't get to go in?" "No, your name is in another book," Christina tells him. "Hey, can you put all our names in your book of Life Lis, just to be on the safe side?" we ask. No sense in chancing it.
Then it's Chase's turn. My sweet little boy who is such an old soul. He is raising his hand. "I know what it is." he can't talk quick enough. "It's the day you don't eat anything so you can remember the people you have loved that have died." Seriously, love him. Now that makes the most sense to me, so that's the one I'm going with. I will fast, even if I'm not technically any religion. I think Jewish holidays are the best, so filled with meaning and tradition. How wonderful to have a day that you consciously just take the time to remember those you have loved that have passed away. Thanks Chay, you explained it the best.