NYC Council botches Yom Kippur post with wrong ritual item, inappropriate greeting

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The New York City Council was panned by Jews online Tuesday for posting a graphic on its Instagram page wishing New York Jews a “Happy Yom Kippur” alongside an image of a chanukkiah.

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Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, is a solemn event involving a 24-hour fast, and the chanukkiah is a ritual object associated with Hanukkah.

A chanukkiah is like a menorah, except a menorah has seven candles and a chanukkiah has nine candles. The chanukkiah is used to commemorate ancient Israelite resistance to Greek occupation while celebrating Hanukkah, whereas the menorah is associated with Judaism more broadly.

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Using symbolism associated with Hanukkah, a festive occasion, for a somber fast day demonstrated a crass lack of understanding on the part of the Council.

“We acknowledge the error of our previous post on #YomKippur and thank all those who brought it to our attention,” wrote the Council on Twitter after Jewish reporter Jacob Kornbluh pointed out the mistake. “We sincerely hope all New Yorkers observing this Day of Atonement have an easy and meaningful fast.”

The Council’s Instagram page deleted the botched post and replaced it with a graphic wishing New York Jews a “g’mar chatima tovah” — a good final sealing [in the book of life].

This time, the graphic only included a shofar — a ram horn instrument which is traditionally blown to mark the end of the Yom Kippur fast.

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