To my fellow Jewish friends, wishing you and your family an easy fast and a meaningful Yom Kippur!
is not a federal public holiday in the United States.
I got a chance to spend a few hours watching a colleague listening in to the sermon broadcasted on zoom by the Stanford Rabbi. My colleague wore a tallit which is a prayer shawl with strings tied through each of the four corners.
Usually this is the time of the year when my colleague would spend a week with his family on the East Coast. This year due to COVID, it is understandable that many will miss the communal feel that comes from praying among fellow Jews and family members.
I was happy to see him in his spiritual avatar, he was immersed in the sermon as he prayed over zoom and face-timing his family – it’s amazing that with technology we’ve been able to create that right balance between adhering to our traditions and being safe and respecting the science.
Like any other sermon, this was a spiritual experience for me. He was also fasting from the previous day sundown and in between breaks, we talked about the breakfast foods like bagels, buns, light meats and milk based foods are usually what people enjoy when they break their fast after 25+ hours.
Posting my creation from Falastin, the delightful SWEET TAHINI ROLLS! rainydaybites