Fireworks Tonight Courtesy Of…

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The fireworks over the East River are sponsored by a group called Hope for the Warriors according to New Yorkology.

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  • GHB

    I have no doubt that Hope For The Warriors is a fine organization, but to plan a fireworks display, in NYC, on Yom Kippur is a @#&in’ disgrace!

  • Joe

    I concur GHB and I’m no grouch. Well it sounds like its over.

  • Fritz

    Just got home from Kol Nidre. Too bad I missed the fireworks. Why should adherents to one religion deny amenities to everyone else?

    Next you’ll say we can’t buy wine on Sunday…wait a minute, that used to be the law.

  • Fritz

    Also, are you allowed to say “@#&in’ ” on Yom Kippur?

  • GHB

    Somehow, saying Kaddish followed by a light show is wrong. A little respect is in order. I wouldn’t throw a block party on Good Friday.

  • Jorale-man

    Agree with Fritz, the fireworks were loud but certainly not something will prevent anyone from practicing their religion as they choose. If anything, it adds a little more festiveness to the occasion.

  • GHB

    Do you even know what Yom Kippur is?

  • Arch Stanton

    If you don’t like fireworks don’t look at them….

  • No One of Consequence

    Did anyone complaining check the website of Hope For The Warriors?
    Without those warriors, anyone celebrating Yom Kippur might well be back in Auschwitz.

  • Clark CFR

    So a few zealots, loud and proud, claim the right to squelch freedom of expression on Constitution Day. (as worthy of commemoration and fireworks as the fourth of July)

    What rich irony.

  • x

    Close the windows and curtains and celebrate your religion.

    Let everyone else from other faiths enjoy the fireworks and appreciate the warriors.

  • Arch Stanton

    Please allow me to shove my religion up your….

  • Obama?

    Hope For The Warriors seems like a very worthwhile organization!

    Does anyone here know why we invaded Iraq & Afghanistan? Does anyone know why we’re still there? Does anyone care?

  • Ari

    One should also refrain from using computers, cursing, and creating a public rift on Yom Kippur.

    It’s all about personal repentance and trying to foster peace among all men.

  • T.K. Small

    Clark CFR,

    Thank you for bringing Constitution Day to my attention. Although Wikipedia is somewhat unreliable, some people might find this interesting.

  • eg

    Since I never get to see the fireworks, and my windows are already closed, I basically object to the very loud noise that can sometimes last about one-half of an hour. Nothing to do with Yom-Kippur – just too loud and long.

  • Charlotte

    It was certainly disconcerting, but less so than cell phones going off during davening. Still, it would have been nice for fireworks sponsors to be sensitive to their Jewish neighbors on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. I doubt they’d be happy with fireworks on Good Friday.

  • bklynlifer

    On Friday night, at the start of Yom Kippur, several hundred people were praying in Plymouth Church — the guest home for the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue during the High Holy Days. The sudden onset of fireworks was disruptive and disquieting. People should respect each other’s religious observances, especially on the holiest day of the year. Why is this controversial?

  • north heights res

    As an observant Catholic, I can tell you that fireworks on Good Friday or Easter–even while I was at church–would have no effect on my observance. The rest of the city doesn’t have to stop because I am practicing my faith.