– Malcolm Williams
On September 26, 2012 Suffolk County Community College and many other schools will be closing for the day to observe the holiday of Yom Kippur. To some of us, if not most, it is just another day free from class but to others it is much more. To others it is a day of renewal, a day to put away the old and usher in the new as a better and stronger person. Now that we now this, well then how do those who celebrate Yom Kippur actually usher in the new and put away the old?
For those who are unfamiliar with the holiday, according to Hebrew translation Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement”. Atonement is defined as making a payment for a wrong done. With that said the basis of Yom Kippur is to ask God for forgiveness. Although this is a Jewish holiday it is contrary to Christian beliefs. Why? because most people of the Jewish or Israeli denomination do not believe in Jesus Christ, so they don’t believe a messiah ever came to free them from their sins, so they still partake in some of the traditions of the Old Testament that aren’t everlasting commandments, like for example not eating the fat of an animal, is proscribed as an everlasting statute, mainly because the fat of the animal was offered as an offering. So they still eat only Kosher meats. The traditions of Yom Kippur have changed tremendously from how it was performed by the ancient Hebrews until now. In that the Ancient Hebrews sacrificed certain animals and sprinkled the blood of those animals on the horns of the altar, for it is the blood of the sin offering of atonement. Why did they use blood? Because it believed that it is spirit that makes atonement for the soul, because it is the spirit that gives life to the flesh. This is the most traditional way Yom Kippur is celebrated.