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Jtube: Garden State

Jtube: Garden State

Why do so many Jews attend synagogue specifically on Yom Kippur?

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Published: September 15, 2007


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Visitor Comments: 30

(30) Anonymous, October 16, 2007 4:44 PM

Emphasize, the POSITIVE!

STATE! So MANY Jews, DO ATTEND SYNAGOGUE, SPECIFICALLY, on Yom Kippur!

(29) Jeff, October 10, 2007 6:08 PM

sad comment on priorities

I think it's sad that so many people only go to shul on Yom Kippur (and maybe 1 day of Rosh Hashanah). They talk about tradition and honouring their ancestors. But what message are they sending to their children and grandchildren? That being Jewish is a 1/365 event? That the synagogue is a gruellingly boring and lengthy obligation to endure once every September? For all of you who think a once-a-year attendance is enough (not a view I endorse): Better to go to synagogue (with your kids, if you have any) on Simchat Torah, a day of dancing and a celebration of our Torah and heritage; or Purim, a day of joy, costumes, noisemakers and merriment. Learn that Judaism is a vibrant and exhilarating thing worth celebrating, not just some burden or relic passed down through the ages.

(28) Esti, October 10, 2007 12:43 AM

That's sad. Judaism is something you live by 24/7/365... not only one day a year.
It's like taking a Rembrandt, covering it up so that a tiny corner shows, and calling it a Rembrandt!

(27) John Izbicki, October 7, 2007 10:31 AM

I go to synagogue on that one day a year and also fast throughout Yom Kippur not because I am frumm but because I want to keep up with tradition and to honour my late parents and the many relatives who were murdered in Nazi extermination camps. I also burn Yahrzeit candles for the same reason. I am a Jew by race and tradition and shall remain so.

(26) Steph Miller, October 6, 2007 6:42 PM

I think this is a call to action

I think this short scene speaks volumes. Perhaps most importantly, though, I think it serves as a call to action to those who fall under the category observant.

For those who are observant, I think it shows that there are plenty of opportunities to show others how fulfilling the Jewish community/religion can be (and you'd be doing a mitzvah!). After all, if people knew, they would come, which means they must never have experienced the excitement of Judaism (or perhaps they just need a little reminder). Why not be that friendly, helpful soul who helps someone in their return? And, since some go more than others, this means you need to be extra outgoing...you will only have a couple of opportunities, so make the most of them.

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