Monday, September 28, 2009

Yom Kippur is Smuff

I feel like my point didn't come across in my last post. The point being-- As much as something may affect me, it is comforting to know that the world moves on. It makes you realize you too, will work things out and continue on.

Now to today's post...

Today was the Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur (please note that what I say about the holiday are my interpretation and if they are not factually accurate feel free to comment). Yom Kippur is known as the most significant day in the Jewish calendar and it comes a little more than a week after the Jewish new year. On this day you fast (no eating, drinking) for 25 hours and probably attend synagogue for the day to repent for any wrongdoings of the last year. This may not sound like small stuff, it sounds pretty important, but to me it is a day all about small stuff.

Since I not a religious Jew, I think of the holiday and the religion itself as more of a tradition that involves certain foods, large family gatherings, reflection, and keeping alive a certain positive spirit. Naturally, on this day, reflection is the key theme for me. This day is a day when I think about the events of the past year, good and bad, and ask myself what I did wrong, how I can better myself in the next year, and where I want things to head for me.

I think especially about the small things that happened in the last year, things that you will understand more as you continue to read my blog, and why they meant what they meant.

One last small thing that is worth mentioning is how amazing food and water really is and how lucky I am to always have access to it, in large quantities. I say this because after not eating for a full 25 hours, the taste of water and food... is just the bees knees. If you want to REALLY appreciate something, cut it out of your life for a while.

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