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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yom Kippur

As our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate the Holy Days of Yom Kippur, we are reminded in the Torah readings of G-d's desire that we reach out to poor amongst us.  In the morning, Temple goers are admonished to make peace with G-d by repenting sincerely.  The reading from the scroll of Isaiah describes the proper way to fast is by clothing the naked and feeding the hungry...

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard." 
Isaiah 58: 6-8

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