Chai/Yom Kippur

Today is Erev Yom Kippur, the evening before the highest holy day of the Jewish year.

I wear my sister’s Chai necklace nearly every day but especially when I want to feel close to her. She died in 2013 and I miss her (and my parents) especially around the holidays.

My sister was a feisty woman. Back when planes were being hijacked they told people not to wear necklaces like these but she always wore it on airplanes. Funny because my family was more ethnically Jewish than religious. Yet I feel a shiver down my spine when I think that tomorrow I will be as an angel, not eating or drinking, just pondering the mysteries of life. Yom Kippur is an opportunity to change, to be better, to wipe the slate clean and be inscribed in the Book of Life.

I am a woman, a wife, a mother, an artist, a worker who tries to help people. And I am a proud Jew praying for peace and for all the people in misery all over the world. To my fellow members of the tribe I wish an easy fast.


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8 responses to “Chai/Yom Kippur”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    What a lovely post (and necklace). I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. I’m glad you have this way to feel close to her.

    I am not religious, but tomorrow night we will have a feast with my family that we normally have on Rosh Hashanah. I wish you an easy fast–and peace to all.


  2. memadtwo says :

    For some reason I fast every year. I sang in the temple choir for many years and loved it. I just take the day to meditate, no Zumba class for me tomorrow! Thank you for your kind words and yes, I really treasure my sister’s necklace.


  3. memadtwo says :

    All good wishes Nina to you and your family. Looking at the necklace gives me a shiver of Jane too. And what wonderful wishes to send out into the world…(K)


  4. Sharon Mann says :

    Good blessings to you Nina. What a beautiful and meaningful necklace, L’Chaim.


  5. Jodi says :

    Beautiful. Blessings to you. ❤️

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  6. Suzanne says :

    Thank you for explaining Yom Kippur so clearly.


  7. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Hope you had an easy fast.


  8. Melba Christie at Poemattic says :

    I know exactly what you mean about missing your sister. Happy belated Yom Kippur. I meant to call you. As you may know we have been going for Wil’s therapy. He finishes tomorrow. And we have been waiting to see what happens with the grave situation in PR. I need to see the Doc soon. Miss you.


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