Day of Atonement
With only few days left till 2x16, I decided to write this post. As you might know, some users are planning to boycott this episode. This episode’s plot is happening during Day of Atonement, a very important day for Jewish people. Actually- the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. I want you to understand the significant of this episode for Jewish people, who get to see their traditions represented on T.V. More than that- we get to see our holiest day represented on T.V, and personally I’ve never seen that happened before. Judaism is often badly portrayed in media, so when we get a Jewish character doing the day’s traditions with his Jewish family- you can’t boycott that. Other than that- the episode was written by a Jewish man, so it is representation off-screen as well. Because most of the non-Jewish users here don’t know about the day and its traditions, and often say wrong stuff in connection with it, I’ve decided to write a short explanation about Day of Atonement, so you’ll understand more about the day and won’t boycott the episode.
Day of Atonement (or Yom Kippur), is the holiest day of the year for Jewish people. On that day, Jews do self-criticism and ask for atonement and forgiveness from God on their sins. It is believed that on that day the fate of the Jewish people and the entire world for the next year is being decided. There are traditions and prohibitions for Jewish people on Yom Kippur. For 25 hours it’s forbidden to eat and drink, to drive, to work, to use water, to use electricity and electronic devices, to wear leather shoes, to use lotions and perfumes and to have sexual relations. The goals of the fasting is not to punish the Jewish people- but to free us from the materiality and try to make humans more like angels without physical needs, so they can focus on the spirituality of the day. Jewish people wear white on Kippur, for purity. The majority of the day Jews are spending together in the synagogues, praying for God. The last meal before the fasting is called “Seuda Mafseket”. That is probably the meal Simon and Maia are attending.
I hope you understand a bit about this day, and why it’s so important for all of us. So I ask you, please, don’t boycott the episode. The importance is tremendous and I don’t want the writers to lower the amount of representation we get. Watch for us- Jewish fans.