Mark Zuckerberg, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and a Story about 3 Kippahs/Yarmulkes

Mark Zuckerberg blew his Shofar for his family on the 2nd Eve of Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) which begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur.

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Photo: Mark Zuckerberg gracefully holding his Shofar.

I love that Mark and Priscilla share special celebrations between both of their religious faiths with The World on facebook. I am one of those people that love to be exposed to different cultures and religion, It’s fascinating to learn about the differences and similarities in beliefs and practices of different religions and cultures.

Mark was the first and only person to ever say “G’mar Chatima Tova” to me; which translates as “May you be inscribed for Good in the Book of Life”.

When Mark and I were friends I had a cleaning job where I cleaned 11-13 buildings everyday 6 days a week for minimum wage. One of the buildings I used to clean was a Jewish Synagogue. I am not Jewish I was raised Catholic/Christian. I remember being fascinated by The Jewish faith and the things I’d come across as I cleaned the Synagogue.

Since it is Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement, Known as the holiest day of the year in Judaism) and it being a time of atonement and repentance I’ll share a silly story that I once shared with Mark.

As I mentioned earlier in this blog as I cleaned The Jewish Synagogue I found myself fascinated by the faith and things I’d come across in the Synagogue. There was this wooden box full of Kippahs/Yarmulkes … At the time I was telling Mark Zuckerberg my Story I didn’t know the proper name for them so I called them “Jew Hats”. I remember Mark laughed at me then quickly corrected me, calling them Kippahs/Yarmulkes.
But anyway there was this wooden box of Kippahs/Yarmulkes and every time I’d walk past it or was sweeping or mopping the floor next to it I’d find myself looking at that box and wondering how they stayed on the back of Jewish men’s heads without falling off! YES!! I would seriously ponder this thought every time. Then one day my friend that was cleaning the Synagogue with me just randomly said to me “Hey don’t you ever wonder how these things stay on people’s heads without falling off?” and I was like “UHH YEAH!!! every time I look at this box!” and she was like “I wanna try one on but I’m to scared to inside the Synagogue incase it’s wrong.” I said “Yeah, me too.”… eventually curiosity got the best of us and my friend took two Kippahs/Yarmulkes and put them in her pocket and I took one and put it in my pocket. After work we tried them on and another friend of ours wore the 3rd one. We ended up driving around the city wearing them on our heads and yelling Shalom to everyone we passed by on the street. We even went to some stores wearing the Kippahs/Yarmulkes on our heads and were acting really silly. finally when we decided it was time to go home we felt really bad for taking the Kippahs/Yarmulkes and acting really silly with them so we agreed we needed to return them ASAP!… but we didn’t know how to make it not obvious that we took them so… our plan was to stick them in the Mail slot in the main door to the Synagogue. So we acted out this whole Mission Impossible scene on our way to the Synagogue doors, doing summersaults and crawling on the lawn and hiding between bushes and stuff that lead to the path to the front doors… while making silly mission impossible noises finally when we reached the door of the Synagogue we shoved those Kippahs/Yarmulkes into the mail slot and ran for our lives back to the Car. Curiosity got the best of us, Still feel a bit guilty about what we did, but I guess at some point in our lives we all do silly things we regret. It’s up to us to make an effort to learn from our wrongs, Do what’s right and develop good character in our life time.

Shana Tova (a good and sweet year) to all that Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur G’mar Chatima Tova (May you be inscribed for Good in the Book of Life).

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