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19 November 2017 - 2 Kislev 5778 - ב' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Yom Kippur – our fate is sealed E-mail

Yom Kippur the Day of Atonememt is the most holiest day of the Jewish year. The day falls on 10 Tishrei, which is ten days after Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year.

The ten days between the two Jewish holidays are meant to be days of awe and deep introspection. On Yom Kippur, G-d seals our fate for the coming year. The entire day is spent fasting and praying to G-d for forgiveness and a good year ahead. We refrain from work, fast and attend synagogue services.

It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. This day is, essentially, our last appeal and our last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate our repentance and make amends so we may be sealed in the book of life.

Yom Kippur atones not only for sins between man and G-d, but also for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person, one must first seek reconciliation with that person and righting the wrongs committed against them if possible. This is best done before Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur appears in the following verses in the Torah. “In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work... For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-rd.” Leviticus 16:29-30.

Observance to Fast

We refrain from eating any food or drink on Yom Kippur. The 25-hour fast begins before sunset on the evening before Yom Kippur and ends after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur. The Talmud also specifies additional restrictions such as: washing and bathing, anointing one’s body (with cosmetics, deodorants), wearing leather shoes, and engaging in sexual relations.

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