Should I take Yom Kippur as a floating holiday at work when I'm an atheist?
September 25, 2012 10:11 AM Subscribe
I have the option of taking Yom Kippur off as a floating holiday. (The other option at my company for a floating holiday is Good Friday.) I'm an atheist. Is it disrespectful to take this day off when I'm not Jewish?
posted by emily37 to society & culture (39 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So my company has the run-of-the-mill US holidays off yearly, but we also have the option to take either Good Friday or Yom Kippur off as a floating holiday. I started at this job in the early summer, so I missed the option to take Good Friday this year. If I want to get a bonus day off, it would have to be tomorrow, Yom Kippur. It seems like most of the employees at my (small) company took Good Friday as their holiday earlier this year, and only the few observant Jewish employees are taking tomorrow off. I'm a non-Jewish atheist (and my coworkers know this), but my husband IS a (non-observant) Jew. Last week, I left work a little early one day to make it to Rosh Hashanah dinner with family. However, I feel a little jerky being the only non-Jew taking tomorrow off, and am worried that it might come off as offensive. On the other hand, I could really use that floating holiday just to have a few weekday hours to get a few long-overdue errands done. Am I overthinking this, and should I just take the day off?