Sunday, September 27, 2009

Yom Kippur and the West Wing

While this dialogue ranks low on the Aaron Sorkin list of wonders, it is apt for the day and I pass it on for that reason.

During the third season, there is a terror attack in Israel, targeting two Americans who are here/there for a soccer match. The closing scene (below) gives the episode its name, "The day before."

Wishing everyone a meaningful, even joyous, Yom Kippur.

This guy at the dinner, he told me something I didn't know.
On Yom Kippur, you ask forgiveness for sins against God.
But on the day before, you ask forgiveness
for sins against people.
[looks over at Toby] Did you know that?

Yeah. It's called, uh...I can't remember...

It's... Erev.

Erev Yom Kippur.

[nods] You can't ask forgiveness of God until you've asked
forgiveness of people on the day before.

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