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:

For faithlessness.

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

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

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

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    September 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
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    September 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  4. hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

    Every hindu Jew, denire of truth absolute self centered must atone for his hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism, secularism for denying trith absolute and commiting hinduism, illegality against truth absolute and humanity, to act like human, not the way of animals, hindu Judaism, secularsim, denial of truth absolute.

    September 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  5. Lindsay

    I atoned for the lack of leadership in the United States. I atoned for our ignorant population. I atoned for the united nations being so corrupted. I atoned for a European Union that is a mess socially, economically, and politically. I atoned that we lost four good souls in Libya and the president could only blame this is on a third rate movie. I atoned that the world has fascists who kill in the name of the religion while most on the planet have the religion of money. I atoned for the fact that few have heard my teaching and even far fewer understand my teaching. I atoned for the fact that I despise Al Gore and that I think of him as a gangrene opportunist who should have stopped at a bad movie and not visited the Fisker and the Bloom Box upon the earth. I atoned for letting the department of entropy waste billion of dollars on betamax green technology. I atoned for calling for the firing of secretary of energy Chu when in fact he should be impeached. I atoned one hell of a bloody lot. Let's see if you at the Clinton News Network post this?

    September 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  6. hippypoet

    belief itself isn't a bad thing. i can say that honestly and believe those words. any belief that makes one want to be a better person is a grand belief to be sure! however, the belief in something unpovable full heartedly is what i find to be disconcerting. the real issue with religion is when those that believe full heartedly run a country or when the majority of the cizitens are religious. For as we all know, the majority make the rule. wether it be thru having more votes or greater numbers in your army the idea is the same, strength in numbers! But when this is the case what you get is oppession.

    any religiously ran government is an oppressive one. All religions state what people should, should not, can, and can not do and even at times religions state when one should do these things. it is in its most basic function a form of social control that warps the mind of the creature being controlled so that the end result is a person who willin
    gly acts in accordance to that very same oppressive government thereby making the government appear to be not controlling at all.

    it is a very nice trick, but aren't tricks for children?
    should we not grow up?
    are dreams really worth giving reality up?
    how is a hope greater then knowledge?
    why aren't other things taken at face value with the same "faith"?
    if anything then at least shouldn't the tenets of your faith be adhered to and be upheld?
    should you stone your own children because they were dissrespectful to you?
    should you kill those of differing cultures or beliefs because they have differing cultures and beliefs?
    would you allow those that survive YOUR jihad to be enslaved and turned into property?
    should women be viewed as property and treated as such?
    how many commandments do you follow and how many do you think there are?
    shouldn't the followers of the abrahamic faith know the answers to these questions?
    was hope greater then knowledge?
    did the dream live up to its reality?

    food for thought.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    prayer changes things ,

    September 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Veritas

      Then pray for some imagination

      September 26, 2012 at 10:03 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 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Carl

      God bless Israel – keep her safe and strong and protect her from the Muslim terrorists... Amen.

      September 27, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs^!

      September 27, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  8. Arvoasitis

    I looked up the word "atone" in my old Funk & Wagnalls and discovered that it is an abbreviation for "set to one;" i.e., to atone means to reconcile. I had never thought of it in quite that meaning before.

    September 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Arvoasitis

      Sorry. Correction: "set at one."

      September 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      And go back to hind gutter of hindu Judaism, filthy self center ism, secularism, denial of truth absolute GOD, right after atonement. Way of hindu Jew's, crook self secular s to hind, fool humanity and truth absolute GOD. To learn more visit limitisthetruth.com and click on word Choice on website to open file.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

      To learn more about my filthy, corruption of Theen A visit blah blah blah and click on word blah blha on website to open file.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, stupidity of a hindu, stupid.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      hindu whatever: you're about as effective as a fart in a windstorm. Either get your statement together and produce a post worth reading, or drop dead, dumbfvck;

      September 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Chick-a-dee

    @ Cindy: Reality has been posting the exact same clips on the Belief Blog for months. He/she/it self identifies as an agnostic. There is a vocal group on line here and many seem confused. Agnostics believe there is God in some sort but don't have a formal religios practice. One might think that those who call themselves agnostic would at best post questions to learn about God or at least read silently for the same purpose. All too often they simply make snarky comments or copy/paste inflamatory remarks.

    September 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      Ok question # one, what does word GOD, represent, not a noun but just translation of this word, go for it, if you are educated, knowledgeable to teach other's. no need to be a hindu, ignorant to escape.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

      Ok question # two, what does word Theen Allah, represent, except false promises to goons, corruption of truth absolute, go for it, if you are educated, knowledgeable to teach other's. no need to be a Fat Mullah, ignorant to escape.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      Go to hind, hell, hindu, copy cat.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

      Go to M.EC.C.A, hell, Gwoon ( Science Be Upon You) paki turd!.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Reality

      American Heritage Dictionary:


      n. 1. a. One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God.

      b. One who is skeptical about the existence of God but does not profess true atheism.

      Only for the new members of this blog:

      As a good student, you have read the reiterations of the "fems" (flaws, errors, muck and stench) of religion. Therefore the seeds have been planted in rich soil. Go therefore and preach the truth to all nations, reiterating as you go amongst the lost, bred, born and brainwashed souls of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as Rational Thinking makes its triumphant return all because of you!!!!

      September 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • Chad

      @Reality "One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God."

      It's impossible to know whether it is impossible to know whether there is a God.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
    • Chad

      @Chad "It's impossible to know whether it is impossible to know whether there is a God."

      =>Up to your old impersonation tricks I see TTTOO 🙂

      actually, this one was kind of clever, so your off the hook 😉

      September 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • Reality

      "WORD HISTORY An agnostic does not deny the existence of God and heaven but holds that one cannot know for certain whether or not they exist. The term agnostic was fittingly coined by the 19th-century British scientist Thomas H. Huxley, who believed that only material phenomena were objects of exact knowledge. He made up the word from the prefix a-, meaning "without, not," as in amoral, and the noun Gnostic. Gnostic is related to the Greek word gnōsis, "knowledge," which was used by early Christian writers to mean "higher, esoteric knowledge of spiritual things"; hence, Gnostic referred to those with such knowledge. In coining the term agnostic, Huxley was considering as "Gnostics" a group of his fellow intellectuals-"ists," as he called them-who had eagerly embraced various doctrines or theories that explained the world to their satisfaction. Because he was a "man without a rag of a label to cover himself with," Huxley coined the term agnostic for himself, its first published use being in 1870."

      Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/agnostic#ixzz27i03991A

      September 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  10. sally

    I tried some kippured herring once. It was nasty!

    September 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Hard to tell

      I woke up one morning with that smell on my fingers, couldn't remember if I was eating kippers, peeling shrimp or........

      September 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  11. YoozYerBrain

    Hey Good News, hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism has a message for you....

    My point being that ranting and raving is ranting and raving. Yours is no different from that troll...you're all hurting humanity and are therefore patently immoral, objectively speaking of course. And i'm still waiting on you and that troll to disprove the existence of Zeus since he came first. So far that challenge has not been answered...

    September 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      Zus, translate this word for me, Zus is nothing but hinduism, absurdity of Greek mith, hypothesis, theology, a word , hinduism, absurdity of hindu santans, ignorant goons pretending to be god's, has no place in litrary langue.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      No need to be a hindu, chicken, I am waiting for your answer.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

      Mus, translate this word for me, Mus is nothing more than first three letters in a meaningless word, absurdity of Greek mith, hypothesis, theology, a word , Mu-a- llah, absurdity of Pharisee santans, ignorant goons pretending to be Theen A, has no place in literary langue.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

      No need to look for answers on Google, desert ship, I am waiting for your answer.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      Find some thing better to do hindu, ignorant, but, hindu, ignorant is a hindu, ignorant, nothing one can do about it. borne to be hindu, ignorant.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

      anticipated answer from an ignorant desert ship, corruption om mother, and fat mullah.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  12. Just a John

    I would like to atone for viewing the results coming in from the Hubble telescope. Yet another discovery of how vast our universe is. Just another 15 billion trillion (aprox.) new stars discovered, giving the one and only god just that much of a larger work load. For those that believe something can not be created from nothing, google Lawrence Krauss' book on the subject and it isn't 2000 years old written by some ignorant goat herders, but based on the latest science. Knowledge will eventually kill off the religions, the sooner the better.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  13. Good News

    The Stone despised by the builders has become the CORNERSTONE!

    By the LORD has this been done, and it is Wonderful in our eyes!

    This is the Day the LORD has made, let us rejoice in it and be glad!

    O LORD, grant Salvation, O LORD, grant Good Fortune!

    Blessed is he (=the long awaited and anticipated Descendant of David) who comes in the Name of the LORD;
    we bless you from the House of the LORD!

    (David, Psalms 118/22-26)

    Here is that "CORNERSTONE" now here
    for the Atonement of all past Sins on this most critical and important Yom Kippur (=Day of Atonement)!


    September 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm |


      September 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      Temple, dungeon of illegality on stone of hinduism, absurdity, towers topped with pyramid of hindu, pagan Pharaoh represent not Davis, but hinduism, racism of hindu racist Egyptian's, shame on hindu crooks, selling hindu Mithrasim , pagan savior ism on name of David.To learn more visit limitisthetruth,com and click on word Choice on website to open file.

      September 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

      M.A.D. I.N. A. M.E.C.C.A , dungeons of illegality on stone of Navi A, absurdity, towers topped with pyramid of hoons, Fat pagan Faraoh represent not Islamee, but pagan ism, racism of racist Middle Eastern's, shame on Fat Mullahs crooks, selling fairy tales, "Shaheed and 72 hoors" , pagan savior ism on name of Theen Allah. To learn more visit TheenAllahFatMullah.com and click on word Allahdeen on website to open file.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  14. truthwins

    @David Taylor Jr.. Please start reading some real books (not bible alone) and gather some knowledge. I think you are being brain washed and you need to get out of your current hole, fast, to know that there is a much bigger world outside beyond the bible.

    September 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  15. LittleOne

    You must be a redneck from the backwoods you uneducated piece of garbage.

    September 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  16. LittleOne

    Your comment is ignorant and hateful. You're a sad, bitter person.

    September 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  17. AvdBerg

    Now make sure you check out the correct site http://www.gaychristian101.com/index.html ~ Thank you Jesus!!!

    September 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Which God?

      Umm, I should atone for the fact that I had an Italian hoagie last night. Wife came home later and was upset that I didn't get her one. She was discussing god and jeebus too. "God damnit, you didn't get one for me? Jeebus christ! You ate the whole thing?" Ahh, mea culpa.

      September 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  18. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the hatred and division that exists amongst the religions of this world and the history of Judaism, Islam and the Middle East we invite you to read the articles ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’, ‘Clash of Civilizations’ and ‘CNN Belief Blog – Sign of the Times’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    September 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm |

      This poster is a troll on this site and a proven liar. Don't bother viewing their website it is full of lies to support their cult. Click the report abuse link instead.

      September 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • KAS

      Actually, I thought it was a comedy site. To think that people would genuflect over a supposed omnipotent being who screwed things up so badly when it created everything that it had to impregnate someone else's wife, then had the failed beings it created kill its son, born to someone else's wife, to try and make up for the mess it created.

      It has to be something out of a comedy routine because a truly omnipotent being wouldn't have made such a mess in the first place.

      September 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  19. Reality

    Christian atonement theology:

    (Professor JD Crossan notes in his book, Who is Jesus)

    "Moreover, an atonement theology that says God sacrifices his own son in place of humans who needed to be punished for their sins might make some Christians love Jesus, but it is an obscene picture of God. It is almost heavenly child abuse, and may infect our imagination at more earthly levels as well. I do not want to express my faith through a theology that pictures God demanding blood sacrifices in order to be reconciled to us."

    September 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      Pure hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, labeled as Christianity to hind, fool humanity. Old wine, new label.

      September 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  20. Reality

    “John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident (the randomness) of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus.

    Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

    The Situation Today

    Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed. “ J. Somerville

    It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

    September 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
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