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Yom Kippur

Oct 07, 2011

Yom Kippur is an important Jewish holiday. Even those Jews who do not observe other Jewish customs will follow some of the Yom Kippur traditions. Just like on Rosh Hashanah, nobody works and there are services at the synagogue all day. The entire day is also spent fasting (no eating).

The Low Down

Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement." This is your last chance to change God's judgment, make amends, forgive and forget. There are 10 days to make good with God, starting on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur. However, this is only for those sins against God, not man. Any amends you have to make with people, have to be done before Yom Kippur starts.

Rules of Engagement

The holiday starts at sunset and ends at nightfall the following day. In 2011, Yom Kippur begins on October 7th. Only kids under the age of nine and women in childbirth (from the time labor begins 'til three days after) are allowed to eat. Of course, if not eating could seriously damage someone's health or create a life-threatening situation, then any of the restrictions can be broken.

Restrictions

  • Eat or drink (including water).
  • Wash.
  • Wear makeup or deodorant.
  • Wear leather shoes.
  • Have sex.

Traditions

Most of the day is spent in the synagogue praying, so it doesn't really matter if you smell funny. People usually wear white on this day and some people even wear a kittle - a white robe that some people are buried in.

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"Unrung" wrote:I'm saying your idea isn't practical. You can make a case that only under the dictatorship of a benevolent leader can society function optimally but I see little reason to believe that this is possible long-term. There are plenty of history books for this. I have said nothing about a benevolent dictatorship working long-term, only that it would be the most effective solution to bringing order to a "chaotic country". It's not necessarily the case that dictatorships cannot shift into other political systems, or that an autocracy cannot shift into something like a constitutional monarchy.
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Myshkin
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"AlphaT" wrote:But that very rarely happens lol what "AlphaT" wrote:Historically, dictatorships fell when the same standard that made the dictator so powerful could not be maintained by his successors. I am not talking about dictatorships, I am talking about single dictators that, if found to be bad, can be deposed by assassination (or otherwise ousting them), and that dealing with this one single individual is much easier than dealing with the majority of a population if they are tyrannical. 
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Unrung
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"Myshkin" wrote: "Unrung" wrote: This makes sense in theory, but historically, most dictators have been far from benevolent. I don't see the relevance. I'm saying your idea isn't practical. You can make a case that only under the dictatorship of a benevolent leader can society function optimally, but I see little reason to believe that this is possible long-term.
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Chocolate ftw. It's perf
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