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Embrace the Day, Invite the ‘Stranger’


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/celebrations_simchas/article/embrace_the_day_invite_the_stranger_20040917

My earliest High Holiday memory goes back to about age 7. It was the night before Yom Kippur and my parents had gone off to the synagogue, leaving my 10-year-old brother and me with a babysitter. I forgot that I wasn't supposed to eat anything that night, went into the kitchen, got on a chair to get a banana from the top of the refrigerator, peeled it halfway down and put it into my mouth. My brother shouted, "You can't do that!"

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