OK add being a "bad Jew" to my already confirmed "bad mommy" self description. Apparently, it really is possible to be a bad Jew. At least that's the way the receptionist at the temple that I just got off the phone with made me feel. The High Holidays are approaching. These are the holidays that are the most religious and most "important" on the Jewish calendar. Many of you "non-Jews" might think that Chanukah is the biggest Jewish holiday since it coincides (close) to Christmas but honestly, I believe Chanukah only became a big deal to make us poor Jewish kids feel better during all of the hoopla of Christmas and allow us to get gifts too. The High Holidays include Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur which are the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement. Unfortunately the New Year is not quite the champagne drinking, streamer-strewn occasion as 12/31 (at least in my family)... it's more of a nice family dinner and day off from work. But, lucky me, Yom Kippur allows me to scream I'M SORRY for all the naughty things I've done all year and let me start with a clean slate. Oh, and I can't eat for 24 hours or the I'M SORRY won't be heard. It's an excellent way to lose a quick pound or two if you can deal with the dizzies and pounding headache. Thankfully, Yom Kippur falls AFTER Rosh Hashanah so that I can booze it up for the New Year and make it a whooping good time without any repercussions because I can say I'M SORRY 10 days later.