At Sundown tonight (September 22, 2015), Jews worldwide will remember an event that DEFINES us to the CORE.
Today is the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which began after Moses’ second trip to Mount Sinai, where he received the SECOND SET OF TABLETS WITH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS INSCRIBED upon them, where today, several thousand years later, observant Jews will stand before the OPEN ARKS IN ALL SYNAGOGUES everywhere upon this planet, confessing our sins against GOD . . . begging HIM DIRECTLY for his forgiveness.
From Sundown today . . . to Sundown tomorrow, observant Jews will fast, neither eating nor drinking anything, not wearing makeup, not listening to music, and abstaining from personal pleasures, including sexual relations, to show our penance to GOD, and our commitment to our PLEDGE to do better in the new year to our observance of GOD’S LAWS.
And as Yom Kippur begins in Synagogues, the prayer known as Shehecheyanu, which begins all major religious Jewish endeavors, including our Sabbath Evenings during the Pledge Rides is recited:
Blessed are You our God, creator of time and space, who has supported us, protetced us, and brought us to this moment.
And Yom Kippur will end with the BLOWING of the SHOFAR (Ram’s Horn), releasing the Jewish people to resume our lives and begin a New Year of FIDELITY to the COMMANDMENTS of GOD.
As I am writing this . . . prior to my trip to Montreal with Anne, where we will stand before the Gravesite of my PARENTS before the Day of Atonement begins, I will thank them as I always do, for the wonderful life they gave to my two sisters and myself, feeling sadness that they are no longer with us in body, but knowing that they will be with me in SPIRIT till the day that I die.
I WILL THANK THEM for giving me a MORAL COMPASS that has defined who I am, and has given me the strength to stand-up for the things that need to be defended, and to fight for our FREEDOMS, which neither of my PARENTS had ever taken for granted.
I WILL THANK THEM for encouraging me to learn about politics, social responsibility, and for instilling in me the courage to swim against the current and understand that we all have a duty to make things better.
I WILL THANK THEM for giving me the Wisdom to Marry Anne, and for giving Anne the fortitude through their acceptance and love for her as a daughter, more than as a daughter-in-law, to tolerate me for the past 42-Years.
I WILL THANK THEM on this Yom Kippur as I always do, for giving me a LIFE WORTH LIVING.
And whether you are Jewish or not, all of us should take inventory of our past year, and reflect upon how we’ve conducted ourselves with our incredible gift of life, and PLEDGE TO DO BETTER.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov