Friday, September 17, 2010

Atonement


Atonement

I was talking to Noam about some Yom Kippur traditions, one of them being swinging a chicken over your head, and it compares to some other Jewish traditions which, to me, make a little more sense. I realised that what I see as 'normal' are traditions shared by more then one religion, like big family dinners, presents and songs, and as discussed in the strip- fasting. The idea behind fasting, which is common to the spiritual and physical worlds alike, is to cleanse the body and soul and, in Yom Kippur's case, to repent one's wrong doings.
Personally, I don't believe in fasting or any other religious atonement. No prayer is as strong as a simple 'I'm sorry' to a friend. And god? He fucking created the universe, does he really need all that song and dance? I'm sure he'll be fine with his eternity. Yet some people do it, which made me wonder if it's fasting on Yom Kippur that makes you all holy inside, or anyone who doesn't eat can be accepted to heaven? Can they then do whatever they want without having to worry about after-life punishment? Did I find a loophole in the system? I guess it's thoughts like these that I need to apologise for more than anything.

1 comment: