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Shabat Shabaton

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Asara B’Tishrei.  The 10th Day of Tishrei.   That’s tonight’s (and tomorrow’s) Hebrew Date.  But, you probably are more familiar with the traditional name of the holy day- Yom Kipur.  Yom Kipur marks the end of 40 days of introspection, repentance, and preparation; rearranging our lives so we can be better humans, that we can make this world a better place- with renewed vigor.

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Lessons from Jonah.

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Welcome to 5777. That’s the year, according to Jewish Tradition.  We’ve just finished Sukot, one of the 3 Festivals delineated in the Tora (the others are Pesach [Passover] and Shvuot [Pentecost]),  a time of joy and celebration. The past two holidays of this month were called Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur)- in other words, they were holy days and not holidays.

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10th of Tishrei

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The 10th Day of Tishrei.   No, not today- that’s tomorrow’s date.  And, you say- so what?

Maybe if I said it was Yom Kipur tomorrow, you’d understand the significance.  Because that is exactly what tomorrow is.  The end of 40 days of introspection, repentance, and preparing ourselves to be better humans and to make the world a better place- with renewed vigor.

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Another holiday? Yup!

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Today is another holiday.  This one is really a festival.  One we get to celebrate without being in synagogue all day.  But by the end of next week, I’ll have taken off a total of  6 whole days (Yom Kipur was on a Saturday) and three half days for the Jewish Holidays in September- plus the secular Labor Day.  Recognizing that there also were 9 weekend days, you can see that means only 12 working days this whole month .

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