Reforms present: Fast of Rabin
'Fast of Rabin,' initiated by Reform movement, set to be added to other fast days in Jewish calendarTo commemorate Yitzhak Rabin's death, the Jewish Reform Movement has initiated The Fast of Rabin, similar to The Fast of Gedaliah.
The Fast of Gedaliah commemorates the assassination of Gedaliah, the Babylonian-appointed official charged with administering the Jewish population remaining in Judah following the destruction of the Temple and exile in 586 B.C.E.
Ahead of the memorial day commemorating Rabin's murder, the reform movement's rabbinical council issued a public statement confirming that the memorial day will be deemed a public fast day. It is set to be added to other days of fast in the Jewish calendar.
Me: but Yom Kippur and Tisha B'Av are stil optional (hiyo!)
The rabbinical council has emphasized the need for personal and public introspection on this day in wake of the murder and its circumstances.
Me: Deep introspection. Like, "why don't I follow the Mitzvos" and "why do I follow a religious sect that goes against the very foundations, traditions and beliefs of the religion? Are there Muslims who don't believe in Muhammed and the Quran? Are there Christians who don't belive in Jesus or the 'New' Testament?" Hmmmm. Deep thoughts.
Similar to other public fast days, the movement's rabbis will not conduct weddings and other joyful events on this particular day. The reform community is set to conduct special prayer sessions to mark the day of Rabin's murder.
Me: What a shame. So many intermarriages will have to be postponed.
Here's a sneak peak at the prayer:
"To Whom it May Concern: If you are up there, ma'am, please forgive us. Rabin was like a god to us and even though the circumstances surrounding his death are still sketchy, we hope you will not be angry with us. Ps. Look forward to seeing you at the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem on November 10th! Amen."