Spitting On Yom Kippur

In a March 10, 2009 lecture on Leviticus 19: 26-28, Dennis Prager said: When I was in yeshiva, a very very pious rabbi who on Yom Kippur was so careful not to drink that he would not even swallow his own saliva. He would spit it out. I remember thinking the man was an idiot. The thought of a guy spitting all Yom Kippur, what’s so pious about that? I would leave shul.

The Shulchan Aruch says you should wake up every night after midnight and mourn the destruction of the temple. That’s a happy life. What a joyful life, you get up at 2 a.m. every day to cry.

A great religion makes you happy to be alive. It increases your joy in life.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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