Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of atonement. The holiest Jewish day of the year is a fast that many spend praying for forgiveness in synagogue.
It commemorates the return of the biblical Moses from the mountain with the second set of tablets.
Atonement is making good or settling all of the bad stuff left around from the previous year.
Yom Kippur 2019
Sundown from Tuesday, October 8 – 9, 2019.
Yom Kippur 2018
Sundown Tuesday, September 18 – 19, 2018.
Yom Kippur Traditions
Yom Kippur is the end of the High Holy Days which start ten days before on Rosh Hashanah, or forty days before for the more devout.
Since Yom Kippur is a fast, we prepare for it with a feast on the afternoon before. There we eat fruits with honey and honey cakes.
Yom Kippur is from sundown to sundown. During Yom Kippur we observe five prohibitions:
- No eating or drinking
- No wearing leather shoes
- No washing or bathing
- No wearing perfumes
- No marital relations
The idea is that by suffering, one can better understand another’s suffering. It’s a ritual cleansing of all the bad stuff from the prior year.
At synagogue we read special prayers.
Once night falls, we feast again.
Then we prepare for Sukkot.