HolidayHop: Yom Kippur Edition
Written by Bwog Staff
Today (well, technically yesterday at sundown) is the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur. On this Day of Atonement, Jews fast and pray solemnly for forgiveness of the past year’s sins. Completing the Ten Days of Awe that started with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is reserved for Jews to prove their devotion to spirituality. Kol Nidre, a prayer for repentance, begins Yom Kippur and sets a tone of introspection. The final blowing of the Shofar at tonight’s service, Ne’ila, seals the Jews’ fate in the Book of Life for the next year.
Historically, Yom Kippur has thrown off the goyim schedules. Sandy Koufax, legendary lefty, even refused to pitch a game. And on this holy day, Columbia schedules its first football game, depriving Jews from watching their glorious athletes. Consolation prize: make sure you get invited to a break fast tonight. Sundown is 7:42, festivities begin immediately.