Christians have used and transformed many Jewish festivals and practices.
Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar) has just been celebrated. And soon the days of Sukkot (Booths; evening September 18 – evening September 25) will be celebrated.
Are there connections with Christian concepts, practices, and celebrations? Are there connections with the traditional Christian lectionaries and festivals? Are there connections we can make (the importance of Holy Cross Day springs to mind, and in the Southern Hemisphere Spring springs to mind)?
I appreciated Meredith Gould pointing to the following Kol Nidre (Moroccan Version) for this Yom Kippur 5774:
There are some further helpful starting points on this facebook page:
Hebrew prayers include, on the Day of atonement the phrase “Forgive, absolve, atone all the Children of Israel and the foreigners who abide in their midst because all the people (this can be understood as “all nations, peoples) has erred in full confusion”. In Yiddish, “teshuvah/תשובה = answer, response, turning back, return, convert is similar to Hebrew. It also includes “renewal “shuv/שוב ” as also “sitting-shev/שב”. The whole context is to cope with “making all things new, not forget or wipe but let the Lord allow us to be opened to newness, reconciliation, hope, unity and thus, as English has it to be at One, together to get to unity and perceive the Oneness of the Most High. This is at the heart of Rav A.I. Kohen Kook’s Or Teshuvah/אור תשובה. Interestingly, Jesus wept over Jerusalem in this search of unity, divine and human oneness, gathering as the hens that want to gather the chickens. How many times should be BE FORGIVEN TO GET TO THIS ONENESS. Forgiveness implies that we all endeavour to some process of getting to one. An invisible event for all peoples of good will through the world.
And further, on the lack of immediate recognition of this tradition within Christianity:
This does not exist formally in Christianity. Jesus never determined two things that are “existant, evident, ‘eternal’” in Jewish life: marriage and priesthood. Kippur can be broken down into many layers/levels of understanding, from ransoming, to offering, sacrifice, pardon, absolving, wiping out, releasing or redeeming (as in the Banking “slang”). Maybe one thing: “kippur/kapara is a word and radical that would best define the “Eucharist” as the Sacrament of sharing the resurrected Body and Blood of the resurrected Lord. I have been lecturing on this for quite a long time now – this had been also considered by late cardinal Hans Urs von Balthasar, but slow slow…. Words cannot be stiff and fossilized in dogmas.
Can you add anything to this, including, but not limited to my questions in bold above?