Yom Kippur began at sunset last night and ends today at sunset. Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement, a day our Jewish friends fast, reflect and renew. It is the holiest day of the year for Jewish people and the central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or “Days of Awe”.
According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hoshanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict. During the Days of Awe, a Jewish person tries to amend his or her behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God and against other human beings. The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt. At the end of Yom Kippur, one hopes that they have been forgiven by God.
To all of my Jewish friends, have a meaningful day on this Yom Kippur.