Yom Kippur is also called “Yom Kippurim,” which could be broken up to mean “Yom Ke-Purim” – a day like Purim. By breaking up the Hebrew, the word Purim is emphasized. The word Purim by itself means lottery. The Purim we observe is a story of a lottery alright, but its origins are not fun at all.
Most of you probably read The Lottery, or the film that was made years later. The Lottery was written by Shirley Jackson in 1948. It begins in a small American town where children are piling up stones. The purpose of the annual lottery is to please an unnamed force for a good harvest. The whole town is happy because they didn’t win. But Tessie Hutchinson draws the ticket with the black mark and is sacrificed to insure a good harvest by the ancient method of stoning. It is a story about mob psychology and its dangers.