There’s a time for Everything… Yom Kippur 2015

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This year’s Yom Kippur is going to be very different for me.  Here are the life lessons I’m learning here in Israel!  I hope it helps all you that also suffer from FOMO affliction 🙂

Gmar Chatima Tova.

And here is last year’s Yom Kippur video that I referred to:

10 thoughts on “There’s a time for Everything… Yom Kippur 2015

  1. I think that this message was very important, Thank You ! You see , I had the very same message come to me in this past month since my 17 year old Granddaughter died in an accident. It assured me that she is with our Father, and that he is with those of us who are missing her. I thank You again for this message and I thank Our Lord always.

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    • Matilda, You have my deepest sympathies. What a tragedy! May her memory be a blessing for you and your family.

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  2. Andrea, Israel is a very special place during Yom Kippur. Streets closed, no cars except emergency vehicles, and children riding bicycles down the streets. And, people walking alongside them. It is a great feeling and would give you and Shalomi a chance to be with people and enjoy the feeling of oneness with Am Yisrael. I did it when my son was a baby, too. (I lived in Israel from 1973-1983.)

    And for me, Yom Kippur will always be associated with the Yom Kippur War. I had been in Israel only 6 weeks at an ulpan near Tel Aviv. It turned out that our ulpan was the meeting place for some of the reserve IDF units. A few of the soldiers were able to translate the news to English for us. Our curriculum changed in that we learned words to help us follow the Hebrew news. We volunteered at the army bakery making cakes for the soldiers, knitted ski caps for those in the Golan Heights where it turned cold. I was too new to be accepted to work at a hospital as I was an RN. So, for me, Yom Kippu has a totally different meaning. And, every year, I pray for peace.

    Another year, when my son was older, and I was working as an RN at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan in the CCU (cardiac care), I volunteered to work nights on one Yom Kippur. We were picked up by ambulance to get to and from the hospital. I knew it meant working on Yom Kippur, but I saw it as I was helping in doing G-d’s work, caring for the sick who couldn’t be with family or synagogue. It was my way of doing chesed. It was a quiet night, so there was time for reflection while watching the heart monitors. One new patient came in with his son and dil. I and the other nurse did our best to make them comfortable since they would stay the duration of Yom Kippur.That was my FOMO, and I know G-d approved.

    As you quoted Kohelet (Eccliastes for non-Jews) there is a time for everything. And, it led me to listen to the song by The Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn” based on your quotes.

    B”H no patients died that night. Ironically, I went without sleep instead of food and water:)

    And, speaking of fasting, If you ask your in-law’s rabbi, you wiill find that as a nursing mother, you are not only permitted, but encouraged to drink fluids. You cannot make milk for your baby if dehydrated. (Nurse in me speaking.) That is one reason, women especially mothers of young children are exempt from many time-related mitzvot.

    I watched last year’s video last year, and I will again as a reminder. As you well pointed out, that at every stage of our lives, we view Yom Kippur and other holidays from different viewpoints. By the way, the Hebrew word for year is Shana which comes from the same root l’shnot which means change. So, in a way, the year gives us opportunities for changing ourselves and the world around us.

    I also want to take this opportunity to thank you so much for helping to bring Wrapunzel to fruition and continuing it with many wonderful women. It has been a great mitzvah you and the others at Wrapunzel have done for all of us women in finding ways to create beauty while keeping tzniut (modesty). Kol Hakvod to you and your staff (too many to mention by name. May G-d bring you a wonderful year of nachas and watching Shalomi grow.

    By the way, our new rabbi here in Bangor, Maine is a young and his wife brought their 4 month old son to shul over Rosh Hashanah. He was the hit in the women’s section, and he never cried once! Like you, she told me that she most likely won’t be there too much if at all during Yom Kippur. So, know that you have made a good decision.

    Gmar Chatima Tova v’Tikatevu to you and your family.
    Diane

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  3. Just one more thing. What tichel are you wearing and how did you wrap it? It looks so simple and comfortable. I need to leave my ears out since it is easier for me with my glasses to put on and off. When you get a chance, please do a video or direct us to one that fits your wrap.

    Thanks & Gmar Chatima Tova!

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  5. I found links to your Yom Kippur videos from last year and this current one through a post by Naomi Rose. Her written words were a wonder to read, and I thanked her for them.

    Your videos, likewise, touched me very deeply! I know very little of your religion. In fact, I have been reading posts here with another open window, so I can look up what all these terms mean, and that is opening my eyes to the ancient beauty and wisdom of Judaism. Since I found your wrapping videos on YouTube, your amazing Wrapunzel store (I just received my first purchase, your Signature Shaper…wearing it right now, with a scarf in a variation of the royal wrap), and this light-filled blog, I have come to the beginnings of a deep respect and admiration for all that you and the rest of the amazing women here embody. You are all a much-needed and beautiful beacon of happiness and hope. The fact that there are so many women here -and in your YouTube channel- from so many different walks of life and belief systems is a testament to the gentle, yet powerful message you send…one that weaves all of these various life-path threads into a beautiful tapestry!

    I began by wanting to wear head wraps out of an extension of the already modest way I dress as a..well..”secular Buddhist”, for lack of a better term (I just follow what is called the Eight Fold Path. A practical set of “life guidelines”, if you will), but I am discovering so much more from you all and for that, I thank you from the whole of my heart 🙂

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