Monday, September 28, 2009

Yom Kippur

Tonight starts the most holiest day in Judaism, Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day.

Why is this day the holiest? Why do we fast and pray so intensely to G-d for our forgiveness?

It is written that on this date, G‑d forgave the Jewish people for the sin of the Golden Calf. Forty days after hearing G‑d say at Mount Sinai: "You shall not have the gods of others in My presence; you shall not make for yourself a graven image," the Jews committed the cardinal sin of idolatry. Moses spent nearly three months on top of the mountain pleading with G‑d for forgiveness, and on the tenth of Tishrei it was finally granted: "I have pardoned, as you have requested."

From that moment on, this date, henceforth known as the Day of Atonement, is annually observed as a commemoration of our special relationship with G‑d, a relationship that is strong enough to survive any rocky bumps it might encounter. This is a day when we connect with the very essence of our being, which remains faithful to G‑d regardless of our outward behavior.

And while it is the most solemn day of the year, we are also joyful, confident that G‑d will forgive our sins and seal our verdict for a year of life, health, and happiness.

For nearly twenty-six hours – from several minutes before sunset on Tishrei 9 until after nightfall on Tishrei 10 – we "afflict our souls": we abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from spousal intimacy. We are likened to the angels, who have no physical needs. Instead of focusing on the physical, we spend much of our day in the synagogue, engaged in repentance and prayer.
It is also the day that in 1973 Egypt and Syria attacked Israel. This war is known as the Yom Kippur War. And although the Arabs claim victory for this war (they were able to shoot down 30 IAF planes destroy 300 Israeli tanks and advance 30 km into the Sinai, they were eventually routed and totally defeated by the IDF). But to the Arabs, being able to launch a surprise attack on the most holy day in Judaism is a great victory.

The question now we must ask ourselves is are we heading for another disaster like October 1973? And unfortunately the answer is YES. For once again Barack Hussein Obama has proven to the world that he would do anything, kill any people, to appease the Muslim world. Even killing all the Jews in Israel (and possibly the US) to do it.
A top official in the Obama Administration has at last admitted what intelligence agents and Israeli government officials have been warning about for years: Iran intends to build a nuclear arsenal.

In media interviews with American television news networks scheduled to air Sunday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said bluntly, "The Iranians have the intention of having nuclear weapons."

The statement was made just days after the discovery of a covert uranian enrichment site in Iran.

Even as the world expressed its outrage, however, Gates pointed out that there was little left to be done about it. "The reality is there is no military option that does anything more than buy time," he told CNN. "The estimates are three years or so."

In a separate interview with ABC News, he noted that Iran had engaged in "a pattern of deception and lies... from the very beginning," even as it claimed it was developing nuclear power for peaceful domestic energy purposes.

"If this were a peaceful nuclear program, why didn't they announce this site when they began to construct it?" Gates asked. "Why didn't they allow IAEA inspectors in from the very beginning?"
During the 2008 campaign, then candidate Obama promised not to allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. Now he will not only allow them to, but is secretly working to help them. There is no other explanation for his actions in this matter. No one is that naive!

On this Yom Kippur I will be praying that Israel has the courage to wipe out Iran's nuclear program before the imbeciles do succeed.

Have an easy and meaningful fast!

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Jungle Mom said...

I am not sure what my proper greeting and best wishes should be, but know I wish you and all of Israel the very best.
I also apologize on behalf of our country which is being led by a man who is not loyal to our two countries!

Maggie M. Thornton said...

I'll be praying that prayer with you.

I always love these beautiful, explanatory posts, findalis.

May you and yours be blessed.