Shalom Life | February 28, 2014

Jewish Top 10s: What NOT to do on Yom Kippur

As we prepare to usher in Yom Kippur, Shalom Life lists the top eleven activities you should avoid while fasting on this holiest of days

By: Daniel Koren

Published: September 13th, 2013 in News » World

5.

DRIVING


Ever wonder why you always see the less Orthodox Jews all stroll to shul from the same location, and it's conveniently right by a parking lot? If you can't do it on the Sabbath, then it goes tenfold for Yom Kippur. Driving is the ultimate luxury, and unless you live in a remote cabin secluded from the rest of the world, chances are, there's a synagogue in walking distance to your house. You may want to bundle up, but leave the keys to the Merc at home today.

Walking is also good for your health.

4.

TALKING SPORTS


Last week, a synagogue issued a warning to its congregants that, despite the fact we're all college football fans here, there would be no discussing football of any kind, and "NO SCORES, or high fives, or Roll Tides, or War Eagles" on Yom Kippur. I know football is a 'religion' of its own, but it's another distraction to take you away from what this day is really about.

Pull yourself together man, at least it's not on NFL Sunday.

3.

USING YOUR iPHONE


We've mentioned the prohibition of using electronics on Yom Kippur, but there's a reason why we have to emphasize this one in particular. As we can't bring our televisions and laptops with us, well, technically we can bring the latter, cell phones are discreet, portable, and easy to use when we think no one's looking. (Though, remember, the Big man upstairs is always watching, particularly, you'd assume, on the holidays). But while you may think you're in the clear, using your cell phone while walking in your Saturday best to synagogue is a direct violation of what this holiday represents. Even worse, you're providing a bad example for the rest of the community. Thank goodness, the Apple 5s is not out yet. Then this would TRULY be a trying time.

2.

HAVING SEX


If you google 'sex Yom Kippur' you'll find several lists and articles that direct you not to engage in any such activities on this holy day. One article in particular, via Jewlicious, the author rants about this issue in hilarious Jewish fashion: "can't you keep it in your pants, Shlomo?"

It's hard! (no pun intended).

So today, as beautiful as your significant other is, maybe take into account that he/she also hasn't showered, brushed his/her teeth, and must be particularly cranky without his/her morning coffee.

That might help 'set the mood' a bit better.

1.

EATING/DRINKING


Well, of course, the number one don't do on Yom Kippur is eating/drinking, particularly if you're planning on consuming bacon, shrimp, oysters, and shots of Grey Goose. Many secular Jews (myself included) often just fast, and otherwise engage in every other activity on this list. But for the new year of 5774, I implore you, let's give it our best shot this year, let's try to legitimately spend the day with friends, loved ones, and the concepts of atonement and repentance. Let's fast, and pray, and observe this age-old tradition just for today.


From all of us at Shalom Life, have a safe and easy fast!!!!!

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