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Yom Kippur started Tuesday night. What are you atoning for?
September 25th, 2012
03:46 PM ET

Yom Kippur started Tuesday night. What are you atoning for?

(CNN) - What have you atoned for? What would you atone for if you were into that sort of thing?

Tuesday evening marked the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, which Jews consider to be holiest day of the year. It's marked by a day-long fast.

Photos: Yom Kippur in Israel

In the spirit of the holiday, we put the question "What would you atone for?" to Twitter and got a range of responses, from silly to serious:

@JuneMDriedger
For faithlessness.

@heatherjochens
I would atone for my laziness and impatience. However, I am Catholic and I atone for about 40 days in Spring also.

@PennyofaThought
I don't need to atone for anything. Jesus Christ already atoned for every wrong thing I've ever done or will do.

@llieNOtreB
in 3rd grade I pushed my sister down the stairs and blamed it on the dog.

What about you? What are you atoning for? What would you atone for if you did celebrate the holiday?

Or maybe you already did some serious atoning this year, during Lent or Ramadan. Whatever the case, share your atonement stories with us, and we'll update this post with the best responses.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Holidays • Judaism

soundoff (349 Responses)
  1. Not a moron

    And the tooth fairy and easter bunny are real too right???

    September 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      But truth absolute is real, can any one do any thing without essence of every matter truth absolute? NO. TRUTH ABSOLUTE IS GOD, NOT A PERSON OR ANY MATERIAL.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  2. Religion is good

    My religion makes me happy. Why can't I continue doing what makes me happy?

    September 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Ya, hinduism, illegality is a lot of fun for a hindu's, criminals, but end of hinduism, denial of truth in hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism is always very bad, Watch out guy, hinduism, corruption of truth absolute called religions, is a handy work of hindu santans, criminal goons labeled as Jew's, self centered, secular s.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Marty Kay Zee

       Atheism is to religion as abstinence is to promiscuity.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

      Religions are good, Ya, if they preach peace. but Theen A ism, illegality corruption from Mecca is a lot of fun for a Paki turd criminals out to kill humanity, but end of Theen A, denial of truth, criminal self center ism is very certain out come, Watch out YOU Paki turd, corruption of truth absolute called "religions", is a handy work of pig's santans, criminal goons labeled as Theen A, self centered, secular s.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • LittleOne

      That's great that your religion makes you happy and feel good but we have to ask ourselves, is what we're doing make God happy?

      September 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  3. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Vist limitisthetruth.com and find out source of hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism, base on opposition to truth absolute by hindu, racist Sanatans, goons.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • g

      You forget to take your meds again?

      September 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  4. Paul

    Yom Kippur is not a holiday, it is a holy day!

    September 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      No... it's a fraud...

      September 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Paul and Praise the Lord are both correct.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  5. confused

    correct me if i am mistaken, but the forgiveness is requested for the lies and misdeeds of NEXT year.
    what a great concept! no wonder they rule the world.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Dr. Mitchell

      You are mistaken. It concerns only the past year, Mistaken, ignorant and missing. Goodnight all the anti-semites. Good morning all people who accept the difference of others.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • g

      20 Million Jews alive today; 7 Billion non Jews alive. Jews rule the world cause they are smart, on average. Ask yourself what it must be like to be that bright and creative. Multiply your concept of bright by 100, then take a breath.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • jeremy

      No dude the year past

      September 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • paul

      sorry, i think you are quite misinformed. You cannot atone for sins not committed yet. We atone on Yom Kippur for all we've done wrong for the previous year. We are only forgiven if we truly repent. Merely showing up and saying a prayer won't get you out of your predicament, as God knows the thoughts and intentions of all.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Atonement ended with son of blessed Mary, Easu anointed one, Navi Allah, messenger of truth absolute,

      September 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  6. chris

    I'm just going to pray for $atan's Chosen People so they will find the light.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Dr. Mitchell

      Jealousy is one of the harder challenges of life-isn't it Chris. And Chris- you were named for a great man of the Jewish faith. Bile and Bitterness is eating you up.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  7. g

    ET was Jewish, so was Captain Kirk and Mr Spock...gives one pause to think...doesnt it?

    September 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  8. Dr. Mitchell

    To the haters like Mickey and Tina- even though you sound like a beach movie from the fifties- I am sure we of this faith that understand our responsibilities to All humankind-we will all hope for you that you soon come to a time where your bile and bitterness turn to love of all others- no matter what their faith, ethnicity, color or origin. I promise your ability to adapt to all kinds of people and situations will bring you a better life. =That is the message.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  9. Joysandra

    You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews–this is God's own truth. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

    September 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Dr. King didn't live to see apartheid Israel.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • saywaaat

      play the victim much!!!

      September 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Veritas

      Aren't Arabs also Semites?

      September 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  10. Joysandra

    “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews, You are talking anti-Semitism.”
    –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968

    September 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  11. Joysandra

    "Anti-semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so. " Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

    September 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  12. :)

    Jesus is the way, the truth, the love.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • sam kohen

      He was actually Jewish. Hitler would therefore have kllled him.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Tina

    CNN is owned by Jews lol

    September 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • sam kohen

      Ted Turner is Jewish?

      September 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      The only kind of "trickle down" that actually works:

      Little ho mophobic troll idiot degenerates to:
      "tina" – degenerates to:
      "truth be told" – degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy..." degenerates to:
      "just sayin" – degenerates to:
      "captain america" – degenerates to:
      "Ronald Regonzo" – degenerates to:
      "WOW" – degenerates to:
      "nope"
      "pervert alert"
      "2357" – degenerates to:
      "herbie" – degenerates to:
      "chad" – degenerates to:
      "Douglas" – degenerates to:
      "herbie" – degenerates to:
      "fred" – degenerates to:
      "ug" – degenerates to:
      "!" – degnerates to:
      "j" – and many other names, but it's still the same disgruntled ex
      Evangelical Fortune Cookie "writer".

      September 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Veritas

      So pray for some imagination

      September 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Don't atone. That's insincere. Appease. Appease through sacrifices.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Joysandra

      Where is so much love to PLO comes from ? Palestinians are hating America but love Dollars. They burn American flags but love Dollars. Like Arafat kept money in Swiss banks. Other live in poverty.Sending others to blow them self up to kill not believers. Short memory on a reaction from Palestinians on Sept 11. Only 11 years past.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  16. g

    Ted turner is not Jewish..lol

    September 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • saywaaat

      ted turner does not own cnn.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  17. Spiritual T

    I agree with Dr. Mitchell. Not only have you trivialized the Jewish holy day but the post you selected to publish are totally inappropriate for the subject of Yom Kippur. The holiday is more than atoning for sins. It is a day of reflection and looking towards the future with a sense of renewal and being closer to God. Yom Kippur is a time of cleansing the soul and self-appraisal. You obviously do not get it....

    After being totally insulted by this article I have taken CNN off my bookmark list and will get my news else ware

    September 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Rick

      Check Al Jazeera, they have real news!

      September 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • End Religion

      "will get my news else ware"
      Where will you turn for spelling advice?
      You can't "get closer" to an imaginary friend. Attempting to do so is called insanity.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  18. Mickey1313

    I atone for living in a zionist nation.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  19. onestarman

    FOUR BILLION DEATHS like a Thousand Holocausts. Famine and Pestilence and War and Death – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – At Our Door because we are Too Stupid and Too Selfish to STOP BURNING COAL and OIL and Save the World.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • LittleOne

      I believe it!

      September 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  20. Dr. Mitchell

    This trivializes the highest holy day of the Jewish faith. Typical CNN to lower the standards of people of faith. Sure CNN- just throw it out there for the freaks to be self righteous. It encourages and empowers the miserable, the haters and anti-semites. And to the Jesus know it alls- he was a faithful Jew. Get over it. Leave it as a personal day for people of faith who understand that Judaism is a matter of being responsible to humanity every day.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      Faith should be trvialized. Ps the head hancho of cnn is a jew.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • K

      I agree with you. And whatever happened to having actual remorse and showing contrition? Trumpeting your shortcomings here on CNN.com is like being on a train-wreck reality show. Preserve your own dignity and show some reverence for this holiday.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • End Religion

      doc, all religion is a fraud. If you suffer from a brand of this delusion, it is no better than any other.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
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