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Yom Kippur Caution

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To everyone who has Jewish friends: do NOT wish for them a pleasant holiday for Yom Kippur because Lev 16:29-31, Lev 16:31, Lev 23:27, and Lev 23:32 doesn't allow them to be cheerful and/or feel good about themselves on that day. It's actually a day to despise one's self, i.e. regard one's self as loathsome and despicable, viz: a day to afflict oneself; which Webster's defines as causing distress so severely as to cause persistent suffering and/or anguish.

It is both illegal and curse-worthy for Jews to be joyous at any time on the day of Yom Kippur.


Lev 23:29 . . For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people

Deut 27:26 . . Cursed is the man who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.

NOTE: Yom Kippur is an unusual holy day. It's primary purpose is not only to remind the people that they are unsavory in God's sight, but also to remind them that their sins are still on the books, pending justice; and hanging over their heads like a sword of Damocles.
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FAQ: Isn't Judaism equally as useful as Christianity for sinners seeking God's forgiveness? Isn't that the whole purpose of Yom Kippur, a.k.a. the Day of Atonement?

A: Pinning one's hopes on the Day Of Atonement is futile. For one thing: there's no one to perform the ritual seeing as how there is neither a Temple nor a fully functioning Levitical priesthood on duty in Jerusalem at this time. In point of fact, neither of those two essential elements of the Day of Atonement have been in Jerusalem since 70 AD. But that's not the worst of it.

There is a special goat involved in Yom Kippur commonly called a scapegoat, which Webster's defines as a person who is unfairly blamed for something that others have done; in other words: a fall guy. But that does not quite accurately define Yom Kippur's special goat. It's actually an escaping goat; viz: a fugitive; here's why.

It's a biblical axiom that the soul that sins, it shall die, i.e. the wages of sin is death (Ezek 18:20, Rom 6:23). Well; the special goat is allowed to live rather than executed, so justice for the worshippers' sins remain pending.


FAQ: What about the other animal? Doesn't its death satisfy justice for the people?

A: The second animal's purpose is strictly hygiene, viz: it sanitizes the people sufficiently for worship purposes; but does nothing towards obtaining absolution for them.

NOTE: Leaving a goat out in a wilderness place to fend for itself isn't a death sentence. No; far from it. Goats are survivors. They can get by in environments that quite a few other species would find quite disagreeable. And though the Jews were in a wilderness place during their wanderings, there was vegetation enough to nourish the herds. (Ex 34:3)
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