5: Song excerpt, Schmekel’s “I’m Sorry, It’s Yom Kippur,” 2011.
In “I’m Sorry It’s Yom Kippur” by the punk rock band Schmekel, which identifies itself as “100% Trans Jews,” the narrators offer apologies, in the spirit of Yom Kippur, with humor and lightheartedness, reworking the traditional Yom Kippur liturgy of confession. The entire song can be found here, though teachers should be aware that it contains some adult content.
Suggested Activities: Invite your students to write their own song about Yom Kippur. They can incorporate and reinterpret the liturgy or focus on one element of their experience of Yom Kippur. In what ways do they feel this is a religious exercise, and in what ways is it transgressive?
Schmekel, "I'm Sorry, It's Yom Kippur." Queers on Rye, 2011.