Friday, September 25, 2020

Yom Kippur

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 Sunday until sundown Monday, 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.
Portion of the Fairfax Community Mural, Canter's Deli, Los Angeles, by Art Mortimer, 1985
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.
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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.
Yom Kippur begins Sunday night at sundown. On Rosh Hashanah it is written...on Yom Kippur it is sealed.  May it be written and sealed that you have a new year that brings fulfillment and happiness, peace, sweetness and prosperity -- all of life's very best things. Have a happy, healthy new year to all of my friends and family.

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