Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur – יום כיפור

Day of Atonement יום כיפור

Maurycy Gottlieb (1856-1879) Jews Praying in the synagogue on Yom Kippur. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the Jewish year. The holiday origins is leviticus 23:27:

Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves

According to Jewish tradition, on Rosh Hashanah God inscribes every person in one of three books: the Book of the Righteous, the Book of the Evil, or the book for everyone else. Yom Kippur is the last chance to atone for  sins committed in the past year and  ensure a person’s fate is sealed with that of the Righteous.

Some of Yom Kippur customs: fasting, prayers, asking forgiveness of friends and family, and commemorating deceased family members.

Yom Kippur 2012 begins in the evening of September 25, 2012 and ends in the evening of September 26, 2012.

In the next few days until Yom Kippur we will bring more phrases or words  related to Yom Kippur.

Related Posts:

  1. Day of Judgement
  2. Asking Forgiveness
  3. Kol Nidrei
  4. Shofar
  5. Yizkor
  6. Penitential Prayers
  7. Gmar Chatima Tova

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