Wrote about anti-semitism in 1960s Saskatoon. How about Ottawa, 2013. Driving by the synagogue in the neighborhood. Congregation Machzikei Hadas. Must be a high holiday. Once again, the police are there, all day. Auto presence, at the entrance to the parking lot. Physical presence of two officers, at the entrance to the synagogue. Don’t recall a year in the last fifteen or so, when this has not been the case.
Turns out this is the time of Yom Kippur, from sundown on September 13 to sundown on September 14. The Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year. In contrast to Christian religion, where the holiest days seem to be Christmas (birth of Christ) and Easter (death of Christ), this holiest day for Jewish people is a day of atonement and repentance. And on such a day, there is a substantiated concern that someone might wish to do harm. Hence the police. Every Yom Kippur.
Seeking mercy and repentance, while some would do harm.