Can Israel Rest on Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur is an ancient tradition. Leviticus commands Jews to "afflict their souls," which the Jewish tradition interpreted, millennia ago, as a day without water, without food, without sex, without washing -- a day during which all physical needs are put aside to allow focus on the spiritual, on the people we still hope to become. Jews have observed Yom Kippur for thousands of years, more or less in the same way, unaffected by the vicissitudes of Jewish history. For it is one of the few Jewish holidays utterly unconnected to a particular historical event.
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