Thoughts On Yom Kippur: Supporting Our Home Away From Home

There are many different areas of focus for inspiration when it comes to the holiday of Yom Kippur—a day for repentance, atonement, and forgiveness.

Jewish Kabbalah explains the three dimensions of the world as Olam (place), Nefesh (person), and Shanah (time). On Yom Kippur, these dimensions come together in the holiest way, reminding us that no matter where we physically live (place), as Jews (people), our true home is Israel, always and forever (time). Olam refers to where we are, not in the physical sense, but rather focuses on the place where all Jews are soulfully bonded—in Jerusalem. Emphasizing our connection to Jerusalem on this holy day is fitting, as Israel is referred to as the Holy Land, and the gateway for our prayers, thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

At this holy time, we remind ourselves of the importance for T’shuvah (repentance), Tefillah (prayer), and Tzedakah (charity). When we reflect on what it means to live life as a Jew, we must remember to balance our world of self—everything for me—with a world of others—being an altruistic person. Tzedakah, charity, is an essential component in Judaism, that is emphasized during the High Holidays, and beyond.

With keeping this in mind on Yom Kippur, this is a time to think of what we can do—no matter where in the world we all are—to support our brothers and sisters who are currently living in our spiritual epicentre, Jerusalem.

Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, our Hospital With a Heart, is a source of light and inspiration to Israel, and the world. The amazing work, compassionate care, discoveries, and advancements at Shaare Zedek are possible through the collaborative effort by hospital staff working together, patients and visitors, and of course the support that is felt and received from around the globe. As Jews, we are one people. One story. One heart—just like our Hospital With A Heart.

From our family at The Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital Foundation to yours, we wish you G’mar Chatima Tova, an easy, and meaningful fast, and a year full of health, happiness, success, Berachot (blessings), and Shalom (peace).

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