The eScapegoat roams the Internet collecting sins before Yom Kippur. This web app is inspired by the Yom Kippur rituals from the time of the Temple in which a goat is symbolically burdened with the sins of the Jewish people. In the app, this action is symbolized by a whimsical animated goat receiving the sins that users share with it.
(Note: Mini Goat is no longer a current project)
“Blending ancient tradition with modern innovation, there’s a newish Jewish Web app to help you lighten the load of guilt and spill your bad deeds…eScapegoat…lets you type your confessions in a Twitter-friendly format and see others’ also. Best of all, you can remain utterly anonymous. Rabbis might call this cheating. We’re having too much fun to care.”
“‘What I love about it is that people who might not go to synagogue…might be inspired to participate in a Jewish ritual that’s gone on for thousands of years,’ says Rabbi Sydney Mintz of Congregation Emanu El”
“If you can tweet, then you can atone.”
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