Friday, September 21, 2007

Dinnertime Trivia

Tonight at sundown, Jewish families in San Diego will begin their observance of Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement. Here are just a few facts from Wikipedia we can share with our families today to help broaden our perspectives:
  • It is considered to be one of the holiest and most solemn days of the year.
  • Its central theme is atonement and repentence for sins against both God and one's fellow man.
  • Total abstention from food and drink usually begins half-an-hour before sundown (called tosefet Yom Kippur), and ends after nightfall the following day.
  • Virtually all Jewish holidays involve a ritual feast; in the case of Yom Kippur, since one cannot eat a festive meal on the day itself, one therefore eats the festive meal on the afternoon prior to the fast. Traditional foods consumed during that meal include kreplach and rice.
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