Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yom Kippur

Today (well, starting last night at sundown and going through the day today) is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Jewish liturgical calendar. During the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, this day was marked by sacrifices and purification rituals to cleanse the people of their sins. This day was the only time the high priest entered the Holy of Holies to bring the blood of the sacrifice before God. Since the destruction of the Temple in 70, the Day of Atonement has transformed to a day of prayer and fasting, asking others for forgiveness of wrongs done to them on the eve of Yom Kippur, and praying to God for forgiveness of sins on Yom Kippur itself. In anticipation of the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah last week and Yom Kippur this week), Yitzy Kasowitz of JBrick built Cantor Berel, a minifig version of Berel Ganz, who I gather from the description was cantor at Yitzy's synagogue before passing away.


  1. Translation:

    "Eternal Lord, who reigned supreme,
    Before all of creation was drawn
    When it was completed by His will
    Then his name was declared "King"
    And after all has ceased to be
    Alone will he rule in awe
    He was, He is
    And He will be, in glorious splendor"

    One of my favorite pieces of liturgy. :)

  2. Thanks for providing the translation!