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Game, Set, Fast

Filed under : Judaism
On October 1, 2006
At 12:15 am
Comments : 19

Hey, it’s almost Yom Kippur, every Jew’s favorite holiday! Well, no, not really, but it is mine. Seriously. It’s not that I enjoy sitting in synagogue all day and fasting for 24 hours any more than your average person with brain function, it’s just that I appreciate the second chance. Which brings me to my favorite analogy, How Yom Kippur Is Like Tennis.

How Yom Kippur Is Like Tennis
It’s not just the fact that wearing white is traditional (you can thank Brother2 for that joke, he shouted it out while I was making this analogy in front of 30 relatives). You see, I always wonder when I’m watching a match where the first set is 6-0 and the second one is 7-6, WTF? It seems to happen all the time and I mean, did you just forget how to play tennis and it suddenly came back to you when the second set started? But I realized it was just the structure of a tennis match which, although cumulative in its scoring, separates things into games and sets. So when each set is over, you get to start the new one unencumbered by what happened before. Sure you’re at a disadvantage if you tank the first set, but you get the next one to start over and hopefully turn the match around.

This is kind of like Yom Kippur. Your life is separated into years. No, you can’t change what came before, but you get this fantastic chance to put it all behind you and start off at 0-0 on Yom Kippur. So I try to make the most of that and get myself all clean, spiritually speaking. Then I can proceed to tank the next set all year long. Occasionally, I’ll even smash my racket.

In other Yom Kippur related ephemera, I saw one of my favorite movies again this week, Run Lola Run. Besides all the arty interestingness to it (and Franka Potente’s hair), the other thing I find fascinating is the way they show that the smallest thing that happens in life can change events forever. But unlike the movies, we can’t really go back and see how the same situation would unfold if it was done just a shade differently. We can only go forward. So, by all means look back, but instead of just wishing* you did it differently, look forward and change what can be changed now. Don’t worry if that all happens without a pulsing techno soundtrack

I also have to admit, one of the reasons I’m so into Yom Kippur is that I feel a connection from birth. On the Hebrew calendar, I was born just a few days before and part of my name (the part you don’t know unless you’re one of maybe eight or ten readers) is tied to the holiday. I always felt that the new year was my new year because my birthday falls around the same time. Yes, it’s this week on the secular calendar and should you wish to send me a gift, just keep reading the J-Ball, that’s gift enough. Well, no, it isn’t really, it’s just that I’d be nuts to put my address on the Internets.


*for more on wishing, please see the iPod song of the week < /end shameless plug>


Depeche Mode – Clean


19 Comments for this post

  1. Shark says:

    Hey, I just watched Run Lola Run this past week, too.

    That is all.

    Um, happy Yom Kippur?

  2. Sarpon says:

    My connection to Yom Kippur is less spiritual (quelle surprise) and more political than yours. I made my bat mitzvah on October 13, 1973, a week after the baginning of the Yom Kippur War, on the day we still didn’t know whether there would be an Israel when the conflict ended. The holiday reminds me of a week when I was never more self-absorbed yet never more aware of my connection the Jewish people and how vulnerable we were.

  3. kb says:

    Can you post a link that explains what Yom Kippur is? (or is that a past Jew&A question?) When I google I find more terms I don’t know … davening … Shabbos … Shomer … derech, kiruv, black-hat …

    what does it all mean???

  4. Sarpon says:

    Becca may have other ideas, but this seems pretty good to me:

  5. Becca says:

    Hm, that is pretty good and I have only a few minutes left to eat so I can’t explain further just now. Have a meaningful fast everyone!

  6. kay says:

    I love Yom Kippur, too. The smell of cloves anytime of the year makes me think of it, since we would chew cloves in shul to help with dry mouth.

  7. KP says:

    After everything I ate this weekend, a fast sounds pretty good right about now.

  8. KP says:

    How could I forget to comment on the iPod song of the week? Excellent song! Provocative lyrics. Let’s see….two thumbs up is so done…how about I give it two high balls?

  9. EmeraldMPH says:

    I don’t mean to throw in too many sports analogies, but having a way better second half than your first half is the saving grace of mediocre soccer teams everywhere. In short, we probably need to warm up better.

    Hope you’re having a good Yom Kippur.

  10. Jan says:

    I’m just feeling smug because I know the Yom Kippur connection to Bec’s name.

    I’m so rarely in the know about things that I have to brag when I am.

  11. Sarpon says:

    I thought her real name was Sugartits McJewinstein? I’m not getting the holida connection.

  12. Becca says:

    I love sports analogies!

    And Sugartits is the original name for Yom Kippur. There, now you know.

  13. Paige says:

    Becca, while this has nothing to do with Yom Kippur, I got to meet Bob Mould last year. It was awesome to thank him for getting me through high school.

  14. Becca says:


    I don’t think I’ve ever been so jealous of one of my readers.

  15. Paige says:

    I met him after a show. Just walked right up to him as he was signing albums and such. I made him smile, which made me grin for hours. I’ve also met Prince a few times, but that’s another thread.

    And, I’m seeing The Twilight Singers two nights in a row in November. I’ve yet to meet Dulli so I’ll let you know if that works out. You know they’re playing New York, right?

  16. Courtney says:

    Meeting Bob Mould really isn’t all that hard.

  17. Becca says:

    Oh man, I am sorely behind on my concert attendance. Thanks for the heads up. And if you get a picture of yourself and Greg Dulli, I’ll post it here, I swear.

    OK, Courtney, now you’re just making me feel bad.

  18. Becca says:

    Show-off! Oh, I kid. I’m quite jealous, I admit. Nice shots there.

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