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THE COVENANT BETWEEN MAN AND GOD CELEBRATED AT YOM KIPPUR SERVICES

THE COVENANT BETWEEN MAN AND GOD CELEBRATED AT YOM KIPPUR SERVICES By Ilene Proctor To those not lucky enough to experience the High Holy Days Yom Kippur services at the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban theatre, I have one simple solution, move. Elie Wiesel once wrote:” The Jew may love God, or he may fight with God, but he may night ignore God. On Yom Kippue ( Day of Atonement) the holiest day on the Jewish calendar; a day of prayer and fasting, God was on everyone’s mind, Rabbi David Baron expanded the program to include Edward James Olmos, the award-winning Mexican American actor, activist and humanitarian, spoke about his latest film: “The Accomplices” about an unsung hero whose efforts served to save the lives of 220,000 Jews and non-Jews during the Holocaust. Also honored: Dan Gordon, author and screenwriter of a new film “Day of the Dead,” based on his book. Legendary Jazz Harpist Corky Hale unlocked hearts and souls when she performed “I Remember You” by Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Mercer. Everyone’s heart went out to Dr. Judea Pearl the father of honored Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Mary Hart made her own updated version of the 10 commandments, sounding quite forceful but less than holy. While the dawn is still dark with the horrors of man’s constant inhumanity to his fellow man, somehow the positive and hopeful messages of the Yom Kippur services illuminated the light. The positive message was simple: kindness begets kindness. The ceremony was replete with the possibilities of goodness, and a deeper joy that comes with a sense of sharing the whole and endless adventure of mankind. With faith, the milk of human kindness flows steady and stands ready, cool and separate, unlikely to become uncorked. The true God, the strong God is the God of humanity.


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