From Stanley Abramovitch: Yom Kippur in a DP Camp

As Yom Kippur descends upon us, Jewish communities around the world prepare for the traditional holiday customs: pre-sundown meal, synagogue services, fasting, breaking the fast…and of course, intense personal reflection. However, Day of Atonement rituals were not always so easily understood or embraced.

September 17, 2010

As Yom Kippur descends upon us, Jewish communities around the world prepare for the traditional holiday customs: pre-sundown meal, synagogue services, fasting, breaking the fast…and of course, intense personal reflection. However, Day of Atonement rituals were not always so easily understood or embraced. Read lifelong Jointnik Stanley Abramovitch’s piece—picked up by CNN’s Belief Blog—about Yom Kippur in the Displaced Persons camps following WWII. After suffering such tragedy and loss, many of the faithful grappled with what to believe in. And as Stanley shares, it took the presence of a seven-year-old child for them to reconnect with religion.

Sign up for JDC Voice Stories

Loading...

Share