For children, traditions and rituals are significant; they provide predictability, support, and familiarity, while bringing families together and creating unity and a sense of belonging.
Despite growing up in a Jewish household, it was not until high school that my Judaism really shaped my life’s path.
When my term as youth group president ended, I was not ready to stop my social action and community building efforts, so I decided to run for the local board of education.
Aside from a date, what can these two events possibly have in common? Strange as it may seem, there are a few points of comparison.
More than any other biblical mo’ed (appointed time), Yom Kippur is pre-eminently a Temple-based observance. True, all Israelites were to fast on that day, but the ritual described in Leviticus 16 is exclusively focused on the Temple. It is about the purgation and purification of the sa