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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Grinch who stole Yom Kippur?

Soccer Dad reports (via Twitter) that the press secretary of the National Jewish Democratic Council has accused Glenn Beck of trying to steal Yom Kippur. It seems that Beck wants to make September 28, which is Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and prayer for the Republic (the United States). The NJDC - many of whose members may not fast on Yom Kippur - thinks it's a terrible idea. Here's what they propose to do:
All of this is why the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) will be sending Beck a Jewish New Years card and will be providing Beck a Jewish Calendar for 5770 to post in his office so he's aware of all the Jewish holidays for the upcoming year. Make sure Beck understands the importance of these holidays! Sign your name to the New Years greeting that will accompany the calendar.
Soccer Dad thinks fasting on Yom Kippur is a great idea (so do I), and that the observance should be extended to observing other Jewish holidays, but he urges those who want to fast on Yom Kippur to remember that all Jewish holidays start the night before. Maybe that calendar should be sent to NJDC's membership so that they know when the holidays are too.

Read the whole thing.


At 10:11 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Why not have non-Jews fast too? Every one is in need of showing humility before G-d. It shouldn't by any means be just a Jewish thing to do.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Ashan said...

We Jews should support Beck in this - and not just for the fasting. Beck continues to tirelessly expose the hypocrisy and thuggery of the current regime that means to do Israel harm.

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I think it's great that so much attention is being put on this most holy holiday. I believe all holidays should be similarly supported.

I now call upon Glenn Beck to celebrate a day of national mourning on Good Friday so that we may all reflect on our soldiers who died for this country and the hope that they will soon rise from the dead.

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

It feels unclear to me where your assumptions about the NJDC staff come from - do you infer this simply because they're Democrats & you assume that liberal Jews are also unobservant Jews? I don't work for or with the NJDC but know that a few of their staffers are not just observant but are Orthodox. How does insulting their observance help you prove whatever point you might be trying to make? Attacking other Jews doesn't serve any of us well.

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cantor probably fasts; I highly doubt Norm Coleman did, though, as he generally celebrated Christmas (http://www.harpers.org/archive/2008/10/hbc-90003661) with a guy named Nasser Kazeminy, no less.


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