Good Wishes

To all my Tribe Readers:  G’mar Chatimah Tovah.

For us non-Jews:  it’s about Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at dusk today.

As well as refraining from food and drink, many Jews spend the whole day in synagogue, with a special service called Kol Nidre  taking place soon after the fast begins the night before, and services for the whole of the following day until the fast ends at sundown.

In addition to fasting, people also abstain from bathing, wearing leather and wearing perfumes or lotions, while marital relations are also a no-no on the day.  (As my buddy Selwyn Shandel once sourly remarked:  “So in that respect, it’s no different from any other day.”)

Yom Tov, y’all.

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