I can't believe what I did this morning. I listened for several hours to the Yom Kippur services from the reform Central Synogogue in New York.
I am 3rd generation secular and living away from any Jewish community for many, many years. My early observations of formal religion were not positive. My only recent association has been a negative one, my life sadly affected by my orthodox ex-son-in-law, who in his religious zeal, has kept me away from my grandchildren.
From what I saw today on TV, things have changed. The rabbi is a young Asian woman. The sermons are in English, along with the Hebrew prayers. There is delightful music, beautiful harmony and guitars. There are women and children participating. A far cry from what I remember in my childhood, when only nasty old men held sway.
They say today is the day when what happens in the coming year is sealed in the book of life. Who will live, who will die, who will be born. Very deep thoughts. We are to examine our lives, repent for our sins, be redeemed to do better. It is the first time in my almost 81 years that I've seen any part of a service.
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