Talk:Yom Kippur

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Religious themes[edit]

To editor--My non-Jewish colleagues looked up Yom Kippur on wikipedia and asked me about what they read. So I read the Yom Kippur page and was hugely disappointed.

How can the religious themes section--THE MOST important section on the page--only have two sentences? Only already observant and engaged people who are already in the know care about the details of the service and halachic regulations involved. You're only discussing BEHAVIOR and not THEOLOGY and PHILOSOPHY. In my view this page is an embarrassment to our brilliant religion.

Would you please take the time to elaborate on this section--I personally think it should be FIRST--and the details of the service should be fleshed out to explain its very meaningful symbolism and relevance to the modern person. My goodness, any non-Jew (or Jew who doesn't know better) reading this page would think that American Jews are spending the day praying for sacrifices and the Temple back! Wikipedia should be educational, and this page does not educate anyone about this holiday and WHY we observe it. The HOW on the observance is irrelevant and blasphemous if the WHY isn't there. (and "because HaShem said" is just the p'shat, of course).

There are great writings out there about the meaning of Yom Kippur. READ a little and broaden your chagim next year and hopefully that of anyone looking to wikipedia to find out more about it. In the scholarly Jewish world, religious life does extend outside the narrow viewpoint of halachic existence, as beautiful as that world is.

Thanks--from an observant AND THINKING Jew who finds this entire article hopelessly inane. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mattshira (talkcontribs) 18 October 2007

LIST the days of the week the DATES fall on as well![edit]

Thanks for telling us the date can you also go an obvious step further and list which DAY of the week those yom kippur dates fall on? (i would edit it myself but I vowed to stop editing because too many people undo or change my edits). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gawdsmak (talkcontribs) 18:40, 10 August 2014 (UTC)