What is Yom Kippur?

It's Yom Kippur — the holiest day of the Jewish year. Here's why. 🕍

Fate of each person is sealed for the upcoming year

In the Jewish faith, Yom Kippur, which means “day of atonement” or “day of forgiveness,” is the conclusion of the 10 Days of Repentance, starting with Rosh Hashanah, which celebrates the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is a day to atone for one’s sins before God and your neighbor. According to the Old Testament, Moses discovered that some Jews were worshipping the golden calf, a symbol of idolatry, prohibited by the 3rd Commandment. Out of anger, he breaks the Tablets of the Law and returns to Mount Sinai to ask God’s forgiveness on behalf of the Jewish people, which was obtained on the day of Yom Kippur, 80 days later.

Several restrictions must be observed during Yom Kippur and notably: forbidden to work, forbidden to eat or drink, forbidden to have sexual relations, forbidden to bathe, forbidden to use cosmetics, forbidden to wear leather shoes. Any boy over 13 years of age is expected to fast, as is any girl over 12 years of age. Exceptions are made if fasting would put an individual’s health at risk. On the day of Yom Kippur, people are encouraged to attend synagogue services, and there are 5 required prayers, including a prayer for the departed.

It can certainly be a bit stressful especially for very observant people of faith, because they don’t know whether they’ll survive or not in the coming year. It is precisely when faced with death that people reflect on the true meaning of life, because it reminds those to what priorities people of the faith should have in their lives. The conclusion of the fast is signaled by the sounding of the shofar, a wind instrument. This is marked by a festive meal enjoyed with one’s family or community.


09/10/2019 10:19 AM


  • Dhedhen
    19/09/2021 09:36

    They Have killed a lot of palestinians And they celebrate For that.....

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    18/09/2021 06:15

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  • Lourdes U.
    17/09/2021 17:17

    Let the Love begin,whoever you are, thr text the nesssage thr content the power of Love will work.

  • Faye L.
    17/09/2021 15:07

    We do try to be without sin but God knows we can’t
 beautiful ritual!

  • Sonje H.
    17/09/2021 13:59

    Wow, the antisemitism of these comments is real. Not all Jewish people support what Israel has done. That has nothing to do with Yom Kippur though. Maybe learn about the holiday before judging all Jewish people.

  • Abdinasir O.
    17/09/2021 12:40

    Five required prayers reminds of a religion.

  • Dr-Tasmia A.
    17/09/2021 11:25

    Israel should ask forgiveness from neighbour's

  • Madiha R.
    17/09/2021 10:00

    Forgiveness for killing Palestinians I guess

  • Rashid M.
    17/09/2021 09:34

    I think all Jewish Need just one more Hitler and everything will be fine in the world 🖕🖕

  • Chaudhry A.
    17/09/2021 09:18

    So, in this month are they going to stop their attrocities against the Palestinians or are they gonna improve on them?

  • Darren K.
    17/09/2021 08:18

    Unless one practices what they preach, religion is just a clever tool of the elite to manipulate the docile masses.

  • Arie F.
    17/09/2021 08:06

    Forgiveness for what?

  • Jason C.
    17/09/2021 07:08

    "live godly lives'? Wiping out the world's population? Decimating cities? Creating plagues to punish those that disagree with you? No thanks, I'd sooner behave a bit more reasonably, a bit more neighbourly, y'know?

  • Inah U.
    17/09/2021 06:37

    the most mysterious religious group on earth. what if in fact it birthed christianity and islam as a diversionary tactic to keep something sinister hidden and protected đŸ€”

  • Ozy M.
    17/09/2021 03:15

    What about Palestine..!!!!

  • Txan A.
    17/09/2021 03:07

    How can they celebrate while the Palestinian are suffering!

  • Erick C.
    17/09/2021 02:36


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  • Gladys S.
    17/09/2021 00:38

.who cares?

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