Yom Kippur is the day of atonement, the day when God will either write you into the “Book of life” or not. Holy Moses! This is serious business. If you don’t make the godly cut, you’re no longer counted as one of 13.75 million jews that make up 0.2% of the 7 billion world population.
Obviously, I’m making light of the most solemn day of the Jewish year, but because I don’t believe that God has a GPS unit tied to all 7 billion of us doesn’t mean that I don’t think there are valuable aspects to this day. It is a day of coming together with family and friends, a day of reflection and tradition, a day when you are encouraged to make amends for any hurts and wounds you might have inflicted on another person.
In my opinion, the key here is MAKING AMENDS.
You aren’t absolved of your transgressions by a high-priest rabbi and you don’t have to kill any non-believers. You simply have to do what you should have done all along, fix whatever bad thing you might have done. In some cases, “sorry” may be enough. In others, you may need to do some real cash reimbursing or spend whatever time and effort is necessary to right the wrong.
If indeed there is a god who has all 7 billion of us hooked up to his super-duper Garmin, we’d be making him/her very proud. What a relief that he doesn’t have to keep a record of all our good and bad deeds or whether we paid 14% or 50% on our taxes. Acting like a decent human being will take a lot of pressure off the “big guy”.
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