Monday, September 22, 2014

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, 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 Occurrence

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.
It'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.

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.


At Mon Sep 22, 07:39:00 AM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'll be more interesting next year when it coincides with rosh hashana when the akida did occur.

At Mon Sep 22, 09:35:00 AM 2014, Blogger yaak said...

Anonymous 7:39,

It cannot ever fall out on Rosh Hashana since it is supposed to always be around the 10th day of the lunar month.

Furthermore, perhaps you missed the line in the post where I gave 2 sources saying that the Akeida occurred on Yom Kippur.

At Mon Sep 22, 09:43:00 AM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We sefaradim have a custom to sing Et Sha'are Rason (about the akeda) on Kipur as well. We sing this prior to blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashana. In recent years however many have become lax, or because of a lack of time do not sing it.

Perhaps this year, we should be extra medakdek to sing this with extra emotion and kavana.

Tizku le shaneem rabot, ne'imot ve'tobot.

At Mon Sep 22, 10:55:00 AM 2014, Blogger yaak said...

Anonymous 9:43,

It is this custom which I have seen in some Mahzorim - to say Et Sha'arei Ratzon on Kippur (even though it's not the custom of our particular Beit Kenesset - only on Rosh Hashana) - that caused me to see a footnote in one Mahzor that explained that some hold that the Akeida was on Kippur.

"Perhaps this year, we should be extra medakdek to sing this with extra emotion and kavana."

Well said. Tizke Vetihye Veta'arich Yamim.


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