The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is arguably the most significant. On this day, many Jews who do not observe any traditions and other Jews who choose to do so abstain from work and/or attend synagogue for services.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
The 10th day of the month of Tishrei is Yom Kippur. Leviticus 23:26ff established the holiday.
From the evening of Tuesday, October 4, 2022, to the evening of October 5, 2022, according to the Gregorian calendar.
Yom Kippur, which roughly translates as “Day of Atonement,” is the name of the holiday. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” atoning for transgressions committed the previous year.
I bring up the “books” in which God has written all our names in the days of Atonement. The punishment that has been imposed in these texts is sealed on Yom Kippur. This day is essentially the last opportunity to reverse the verdict, express repentance and make amends.
Yom Kippur only atones for sins committed against God
Nor transgressions against people. To atone for sins committed against another person, one must first try to repair the harm done to him. This must be completed before Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur no work is permitted on that day. It is common knowledge that Yom Kippur is a day on which food and drink (including water) must be avoided. It begins after sunset on the night before Yom Kippur and lasts for a full day, 25 hours.
It also points out other lesser-known restrictions.
On Yom Kippur, it is forbidden to wash and bathe, to anoint one’s body (using cosmetics and deodorants, among other things), to wear leather shoes (Orthodox Jews customarily wear canvas slippers under their dress clothes on Yom Kippur) and to engage in sexual relations.
Any of these limitations may, as usual, be waived in case of imminent danger to life or health.
At present, even if desired, children under the age of nine and women in labor (from the onset of labor until three days after birth) may not perform it.
Women who are three to seven days postpartum and older children are allowed to fast but are also allowed to break their fasts when needed. People with other ailments should seek advice from their physicians and rabbis.
Most of the holy day is spent praying in the synagogue
Services in Orthodox synagogues begin early in the day (from 8 to 9 a.m.) and last until 3 p.m.
After napping, people usually return home to prepare for the afternoon and evening services, which last well into the night.
At sunset, the conclusion of services is marked by the gedolah tekiah, a prolonged shofar blast. For more information on shofar and its characteristic sounds, see Rosh Hashanah.
Traditionally, this day is dressed in white to represent purity and to recall the promise that one day our sins will be cleansed (and white) as snow (Is. 1:18). Some people wear a Kittel, the white robe used for burials.
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