Yom Kippur/Yizkor: The Titanic and Yom Kippur



Macy’s – the world’s most famous department store.

The Titanic – the world’s most famous ship.

The connection – two Jewish brothers, Isidor and Nathan Straus.

Now, what’s all this got to do with Yom Kippur?

On Yom Kippur, we read about another ship that almost sank – a ship from which Jonah was cast into the sea, landing in the open mouth of the whale and dwelling in the beast’s belly for three days.

This sermon will explore how the waters of all the oceans of the world can never extinguish love, and how the waters of the mikvah can convert darkness into light.

Indeed, on Yom Kippur we are all converts, immersing three times into the pure waters and emerging as new entities with perfectly clean slates.

This is something you cannot buy, even at Macy’s.


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