OT: We declare it lawful to pray in the company of sinners, and they are us


Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is starting in a few hours, at sundown. Given everything that’s happened this year, I decided to actually join the congregation at the hotel where we’re celebrating, to reduce distraction and stress related to travel and temptation. I just want to focus on the day itself.

Explanations, music for, and reflections on the holiday from past years from this blog are found here and here and here and here.

This year Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat, so we try to repent without the help of the Shofar.

For me it is the first year that I’ll be participating in Yizkor.

In honor of that, one of the traditional Yizkor prayers, El Malei Rachamim (G-d, full of compassion)

And a nineteenth-century setting of a prayer that is usually included, Shiviti Adonai (I am ever mindful of G-d’s presence)

To my Jewish friends, צוֹם קַל (easy fast!) and a good g’mar. Catch you on the flip side.

[To Armitage fans who drop by: Legenda will appear after the end of the fast.]

~ by Servetus on September 13, 2013.

6 Responses to “OT: We declare it lawful to pray in the company of sinners, and they are us”

  1. Being an agnostic, and the Armitage fan referenced, I can only express here and attempt to convey my respect and understanding of the comfort and support your faith brings you. God speed to you in your spiritual growth and embracing, Servetus.


  2. Easy fast to you as we’ll, serv. I ‘m already planning break the fast!


  3. Peace be with you. I”ll be waiting for you on the flip side.


  4. Wishing you peace, and the restorative blessings of faith.


  5. Thanks for all the good wishes.


  6. […] Yom Kippur is starting, I don’t know what to think. I’ve decided to stay at the hotel where services are being held because I don’t think […]


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