The Days of Awe, which started with Rosh Hashanah, are drawing to a close. Yom Kippur will end at sunset tonight. I hope this has been a time of blessing and renewal, reconciliation and reflection for all of my friends who observe this holiest of holidays

G'mar Chatimah Tovah this Yom Kippur. A dark banner and a shofar symbolize the end of Yom Kippur at sunset tonight.
G’mar Chatimah Tovah this Yom Kippur.

This is not a sad day, but it is a quiet day. A day of self-reflection and unflinching honesty, as I understand itThe Days of Awe are designed to be a time of atonement, forgiveness, and renewal. With a few exceptions that take health realities into account, it is a time of fasting, and also of prayer.

This is the kind of day when a person can gain a sense of the depth of their own faith, extend the reach of their compassion and grow in wisdomA guiding text from Isaiah calls for sharing food with the hungry and shelter, clothing, and compassion to those in need. Many people hear this as a call to charitable giving.

If you are a Gentile like me, you may find this video interesting. It’s only about three and a half minutes long. It seemed shorter to me.

G’mar Chatimah Tovah, my friends. May you step into the new year refreshed, and may you feast well tonight.

IMAGE CREDITS: Many thanks to Anna Tkachuk of 123RF for the Yom Kippur greeting image, and to BimBam on YouTube for the very informative video about Yom Kippur.