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Yom Kippur & Our Jewish LGBT Community

By Charlotte Robinson, October 08, 2011
Yom Kippur known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest & most solemn day of the year for our LGBT Jewish community. Its central themes are atonement & repentance. Traditionally the holy day is observed with a 25-hour period of fasting & intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services, or spiritual space. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im ("Days of Awe").

We wish our LGBT community strength in their fasting &
joy in the end of their fast at sundown today….:)
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1 comment:

Rabbi Denise Eger said...

Yom Kippur is the time we are to try and sort through our self reflection so that we can receive the light of mitzvot at the end of Yom Kippur. Turn off the television. Turn off your phone. Refrain from Facebook. Get out a pen and paper (How old fashioned!) and write down those the errors, sins and falsehoods that crept into your daily life in the past year and how you will make amends for those in the year ahead. As the gates of Neilah close we can rise up aware of our self, aware of our connection to the Divine, aware of our place among the Jewish people and purified for the year to come.

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