So today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. According to Wikipedia, general observance of Yom Kippur calls for fasting, no wearing of leather shoes, no bathing and washing, and no marital relations. “A parallel has been drawn between these activities and the human condition according to the Biblical account of the expulsion from the garden of Eden.”
I’ve always associated hobos with the fall—not biblically, but seasonally—as it starts turning cold in much of the country, hobos taking to the road in search of warmer weather. But I also imagine hobos know more about fasting than most (not to mention going without shaving and marital relations). So to note today’s holiday, here are some drawings from CCS’s Denys Wortman archive featuring his hobo characters Mopey Dick and Uncle Duke.