As I said on Facebook, I get it, it's tough to shoehorn every event into the available fall weekends in Ithaca. I'm much more annoyed -- whether it's reasonable to be or not -- at the R7 Conference planners, who knew over a year ago that one of the weekends they were looking at for this fall would conflict with Yom Kippur.
For those who aren't familiar with it, Yom Kippur is one of the "High Holy Days," which begins with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). It's the Day of Atonement, a fast day on which no work is allowed. I don't usually spend it in a synagogue, but I do spend it in quiet reflection, with no food or drink from sundown to sundown. (The dogs get their food and water, of course! And they're getting walked. Just not so much that I'll get too hungry or thirsty!)