On Yom Kippur

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om kippurToday is Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement — and a day when I don’t work (at least at conventional business activities).

The night the holiday begins, I turn off all electronic communications devices and begin a fast. This is a time for prayer and family.

There are many religions in the world, and each has its own rituals, rules, and special holy days. There, I believe, is real value in taking a day to accept responsibility for my mistakes and mis-steps, and to reflect on how I can improve for my family, the community, and (if I really want to think big) the world.

Thankfully, the fast isn’t that onerous, as Jewish holidays are celebrated sundown to sundown, so there is no need to go to sleep hungry.

(In case you are wondering, I drafted this post a day ahead — and set it to autopost while I’m in other spiritual places.)

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