For all who observe Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, I want to take this opportunity to wish you an easy fast.
For this time of year, we are closest to G-d cleansing our souls and also reflecting on life and remembering loved ones lost, and the millions of others who have sacrificed their lives over the years from devastation and destruction to pave the way of freedom for us.
How, as a mom am I to explain this to my nearly four year old daughter?
I think that it is still hard to do. If you have any insights please certainly share them with us all. If anything, I think that we hug our kids as tight as possible, cover them with kisses, tell them how they are loved and that their loved ones who are not with us anymore are watching down on them and revel in the joy their life brings to us.
It is this powerful time of year we ask G-d to accept our repentance, forgive the sins we have committed (including the ones against ourselves), and seal our verdict for a year of life, happiness and good health. We also ask for a sweet and abundant new year. At the commencement of Yom Kippur when the sun sets on Saturday evening we then eat a festive meal and spend time with family and friends.
Here are some special Yom Kippur Haiku:
This time of the year
We remember loved ones lost
Memories live on
Time for reflection
As we stop eating, drinking
Fasting and mourning
To an easy fast
And time for remembering
Lives of many lost
As we close the book
Let us take time to reflect
Open our hearts
To many lives lost
Your memory lives with us
G-d, please cleanse our souls
Of spite, gossip, bitterness
With hearts wide open
Time for forgiveness
To reflect, remember, change
Begin a new year
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