Wednesday, October 08, 2008

All Vows

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, starts tonight, and I have evolved my own ways of observance, most of them traditional. Beginning at nightfall, I won't eat or drink until after services tomorrow evening, and will spend a total of about nine hours in synagogue.

I won't work and I'll be media-free: my computer and phone will be off, I won't check email (this, for me, is harder than not eating) and I won't watch TV. I'll be wearing white, but no leather (these are meant to bring us closer to the angels), and will be walking to and from services.

So what will I be doing? Reading and singing and meditating and thinking about the year just past and the year to come, about what I did and what I will do, about the things I'm sorry and grateful for, about the people I love and the people I will try to like better, and about the promises I made, to myself and to others, and didn't keep.

And I'll be thinking about the world, and my role in ruining it and repairing it. Regardless of your beliefs, I suggest you do the same.

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