Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Henny Youngman on Suffering

Henny Youngman on Drinking and Jewish Suffering

Henny Youngman, the Catskills Comedian, quip about Jewish suffering might bring some levity to the commemoration of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. Yom Kippur marks the end of the High Holy Days on a Jewish Calendar, which began at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Yom Kippur is a solemn day on which practicing Jews spend most of the day in synagogue as the the fate of each person' is sealed in the book of life.  It is 25 hours of prayers and fasting.

Motivational speaker Charlie Harary offered a different take on suffering from one's mess for Yom Kippur .

This reflection on Coming Clean on Yom Kippur requires repentance of heart but allowing God to go beyond our frailties so all is right with the world (shalom). This has the suffering make sense.

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