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  •  Glad to hear it was a meaningful day for you (4+ / 0-)

    I always feel somewhat conflicted in my observance of Yom Kippur. I was raised fairly secular, so I never fasted and hardly ever went to shul growing up. After I married, I accompanied my wife to shul, and eventually started fasting with her. She never asked me to fast, but I knew she would appreciate not fasting alone, and that was enough of a reason for me. Now we go with our kids to a Reconstructionist congregation, and there is enough music, singing,  and hippie-left sermons and discussions that I feel I can get something out of it. But I am still at heart a secular Jew, and have a hard time saying the prayers -- even to a Reconstructionist non-anthropomorphic "hashem." That part of it will always be a struggle for me -- reconciling my (very) strong Jewish identification with my non-belief.

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