Friday, 13 September 2013

Atone (verb) making amends; Atonement (noun)

This week is a special time between the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement. It’s a time for thinking about what we’ve done over the last year, thinking about what we should do over the coming year, thinking about those around us and about ourselves.


This scroll, which has been ‘doing the rounds’ on Facebook, expresses the sentiment so well that I thought I’d post it up here for Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, the most important day in the Jewish calendar. It is marked with a 25 hour fast and a day of prayers and begins at sunset tonight.

While I'm thanking those who have helped me...
I knew that if I blogged about that ‘Candy-Crush-related’ obsessive behaviour activity it would shame me into moving on and it has. Thanks to all those who commented. I haven’t quite uninstalled it… yet, but I have moved it to an obscure location on my ipad!

20 comments:

  1. A lovely scroll, Ros although I cannot imagine anyone acknowledging the first and third one, not about you in any event. Kindness is your middle name!

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    1. Aw, thanks Val, but I'm not totally convinced of that ;-)

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  2. Fast well and may you be written in the book of life.

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    1. Thanks, L,, it was a good day. Hope it was a good one for you too.

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  3. Well done on the Candy Crush!!! The scroll will be in my thoughts this weekend - I'd like to say that I'll always be mindful of it, but in reality, I always need reminding (shameful, I know). I must try harder! : )

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    1. Don't beat yourself up about it. We all need reminding and I'm afraid a once a year reminder isn't enough for me!

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  4. I hope your fast is peaceful, Ros - we all need reflective days sometimes.

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  5. Well, that's over for another year. Gmar chatima tova! ~Miriam

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    1. Thanks Miriam, and you too. Hope you had a good fast.

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  6. A way of reading atonement ..is 'at one..ment'..the idea of realigning oneself with G*D so that His ways of thinking become ours. Also, I think, there is the idea of coalescing one's random and scattered thoughts and emotions so that there is a sense of inner ''oneness''. Peace withing radiates out and creates peace in others. Just my ideas....

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    1. This is a beautiful thought, Carol. I know that I need to create more 'oneness' inside myself and I would love to be able to radiate peace. I suspect I radiate panic which is what happens inside my head when I think too deeply! (Can't win!)

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  7. I love that scroll - the word 'atonement' of course, divides into 'at one-ment' and that is expressed very well in those words. As for Candy Crush - I have never played an online game, and haven't the slightest interest in starting, which puzzles my daughter no end!

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    1. I love the scroll too. It's simple and that's often the best way.

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  8. Hope that you had an easy fast Rosalind. If playing Candy Crush is your only guilty pleasure I don't think that you have anything to worry about! There are many people who try to make up for years of sins in one day, and then it's business as usual until next year.

    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I suppose Candy Crush isn't really a big baddie... except we are supposed to use our time wisely and those games are a real time-waster.

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  9. So was Yom Kippur this weekend? I really know so little about the Jewish calendar. I've made a point of trying to find out about other religions for a long time, but somehow Judaism has mostly escaped me.

    I shall head off now to see what I can find out online. It doesn't seem right to say 'happy' Yom Kippur. Is Best Wishes OK?

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    1. 'Best wishes' is just great. Thanks Ann. There's a lot of information on the Internet about the Jewish religion so hope your search has been successful. Do let me know if you need more info :-)

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  10. Hi Ros .. as Ann or Anne says I know so little too - but now have my uncle's book on religions of the world, which I can use as a reference source ... we used it once or twice when he was still alive.

    Glad the game has nearly been banished ... but love the words and intent on the scroll, as others I fall desperately short ... cheers Hilary

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  11. Lovely words in the scroll we could with saying it at the end of everyday.

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