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What is Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday devoted to atoning for sins. It’s considered the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
Yom Kippur is also called the Day of Atonement. Observation of Yom Kippur is marked by fasting and prayers of repentance during a daylong service in the synagogue.
When is Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur is observed each year on the 10th day of Tishri, the first month of the Jewish calendar. Because the Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar, the specific date on which Yom Kippur falls changes each year.
In 2021, Yom Kippur begins on the evening of September 15 and is observed until sundown on September 16.
In 2022, Yom Kippur begins on the evening of October 4 and is observed until sundown on October 5.
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Yom Kippur is also known as the Day of Atonement because that’s what it literally means. Its name comes from the Hebrew words yōm, meaning “day,” and kippūr, meaning “atonement.”
According to Jewish tradition, the period that begins with Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kippur is when God renders judgment, so many Jews use the time to pray and make amends (atone) for the wrongs they have committed.
Yom Kippur is believed to originate with the story of God presenting Moses with the Ten Commandments, the first of which prohibits worshiping other gods. When Moses returned with the stone tablets that contained the commandments, he found the Israelites worshipping an idol in the form of a golden calf. Moses smashed the tablets in anger, but the Israelites atoned, and God forgave them and provided new tablets.
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In Judaism, Yom Kippur is considered the most important and holiest day of the year. Many Jews spend the day in the synagogue reciting prayers of repentance.
our synagogue's cantor asked me to read torah on yom kippur and i agreed pray for me 🙏
— serena! (@supserena1) August 12, 2021
Oh my goodness I just got invited by the Providence congregation I’ve been davening with to do the blessings over the Third Aliyah at Yom Kippur morning services … I was not prepared for how emotional that invitation made me … sorry brb having lots of Jewish Feelings
— Abraham Riesman אברהם ריסמאַן (@abrahamjoseph) August 19, 2021
“If Sandy Koufax refused to pitch in the first game of the World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur, you can sit in synagogue on Yom Kippur too!” -every Jewish mother EVER. Happy 85th to an outstanding baseball player and a terrific mensch!
— motherofthree (@TheDrewView) December 30, 2020
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Yom Kippur is considered one of the Jewish High Holidays.
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One example cited by the Air Force official was the 1973 Yom Kippur war, when Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria.
Muslims observe a month-long day fast for Ramadan and Jews go a full day for the High Holy Day, Yom Kippur.
We fasted for Yom Kippur, read from the Megillah for Purim, and said bruchas over every meal.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison|Daniel Genis|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yom Hazikaron, the day Israel mourns all the soldiers who have died in its wars, proves even more challenging for Hadeel.
The war, known in Israel as the Yom Kippur War and in the Arab world as the October War, is considered a victory in Egypt.In Deeply Polarized Egypt, Revolution's Social Justice Slogans are Seldom Heard|Jesse Rosenfeld|October 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They strictly observed the dietary laws, and solemnized the festivals, and the fast of Yom-Kippur, which they called Ashura.History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
In the Sudan it is the custom to call a day on which a misfortune has occurred "Yom aswad" (a black day).Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892|F. R. Wingate
The Chinese annals state that the sun stopped ten days during the reign of the Emperor Yom.The Bible Of Bibles;|Kersey Graves
Berel is all astonishment and curiosity: how is it possible for Jews to busy themselves with commerce on Yom Kippur?Yiddish Tales|Various
Yom Kippur was my last day at the settlement before returning to college.The Seven-Branched Candlestick|Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel