Friday, September 17, 2010

Yom Kippur

Portion of the Fairfax Community Mural @ Canter's Deli, West Hollywood, by Art Mortimer, 1985

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for Jews. It is our day of atonement, a time to repent for our sins of the past year. From sundown tonight until sundown Saturday, it is customary to fast and pray. The blowing of the shofar at the end of the temple service signifies the end of the fast. We break the fast on Saturday night with family and friends.
The early history of Jewish people in Los Angeles is very interesting. My own family followed the trail from East and Central Los Angeles to the Westside. A pictorial history is depicted in a wonderful mural on the side of Canter's Delicatessen, 419 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles. The Canter Bros. started their business in New Jersey, moved to Brooklyn Avenue in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles in 1931 and later to Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood.If you live in Los Angeles, whether or not you are observant for this High Holy Day, take a drive by Canter's, park and really look at the mural. The highlights and history of our vibrant cultural Jewish life in Los Angeles, painted by Art Mortimer in 1985, are all there in glorious sepia and black and white for everyone to see, learn and absorb.

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At 3:38 PM PDT, Anonymous Jo Anne said...

Have an easy fast - if you are fasting. Enjoy the "light meal" with your family afterwards!!

At 4:42 PM PDT, Anonymous Stephanie Scott said...

Happy Holiday to you and your family! Fast until Saturday :-( I couldn't do it!


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