Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is perhaps the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar. It marks the end of a period of introspection and repentance. No work is performed, and most of the holiday is spent in prayer.

A twenty-five-hour fast begins at sunset on September 29, ending after nightfall on September 30. Did you know that the final service includes the reading of the book of Jonah? It’s read as a reminder of God’s mercy.

The Torah readings for the day are from Leviticus 16:34: “This shall be to you a law for all time: to make atonement for the Israelites for all their sins once a year.”

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