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.