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Yom Kippur!

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Yom Kippur, translated as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for devout Jews to atone and repent for their sins from the past year.


When is Yom Kippur?

The Yom Kippur will be on Tuesday, September 18 2018, the day marks the end of the 10 Days of Awe - a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is said to be the 'Shabbat of Shabbats' a day upon which one must afflict one's soul. Leviticus 23:27 decrees that Yom Kippur is a strict day of rest.


How do you celebrate Yom Kippur?

The day is observed with a 25-hour period of fasting, intensive prayer and worship. No work is done on this day. It is customary for religious Jews to dress in white on Yom Kippur. Some married men wear kittels, which are white burial shrouds, to signify repentance.


What is the difference between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are both High Holidays or High Holy Days in Judaism, more formally known as Yamim Noraim. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and ten days later is Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and is the beginning of the Days of Awe and begins the ten day period of repentance and introspection. At the end of this 10 day period is the Yom Kippur holiday.


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