Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha Coincide This Year
This year, the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates their very-much-mistaken notion that Yishmael was taken up as a sacrifice on Mt. Moriah instead of Yitzhak, falls out on October 4th according to Wikipedia and Google. (However, timeanddate.com has it as Sunday, Oct. 5 for English-speaking countries like the U.S.) This timing is quite interesting yet again.
Remember when Eid al-Adha fell on Parshat Vayeira 3 years ago and then again last year?
Fears of Violence in Mixed Areas as Jewish, Muslim Holidays May Collide in Once in 30 Years OccurrenceIt's interesting to note that there are opinions that say that Akedat Yitzhak occurred on Yom Kippur, such as the Yalkut Reuveni and the Rikanati.
In the wake of a summer wracked by Arab-Jewish violence within Israel, in Gaza, and in the West Bank, security and local authorities in mixed Jewish Arab areas are bracing for a potential “perfect storm”: the solemn Jewish Yom Kippur fast and the festive Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday – falling on the same day, Israel’s Walla News reported Sunday.
While leaders in mixed–populace cities like Jerusalem, Jaffa, Acco, Ramle, Haifa, Nazareth and elsewhere are trying to convey a message of reconciliation, the fact the two observances have such different characteristics makes that difficult: Yom Kippur involves 24-hours of fasting, prayer and introspection, while Eid al-Adha is a family celebration in which lambs are routinely publicly slaughtered for a feast.
May the fasting and Teshuva we do this year on Yom HaKippurim overpower the slaughtering and feasting done by our Muslim cousins so that we may be rid of this Galut Yishmael we are in once and for all.