Past Jewish Festivals

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

08 October 2011

Tishrei 10 - This is the holiest day of the year. It begins in the evening of the ninth day of Tishrei with the Kol Nidrei service. This prayer composed before the ninth century, asks for release of vows or promisesmade to G-d that cannot be kept. On this day we abstain from food and drink. Some men wear white garments as a symbol of purity. It is also customary to light candles in memory of departed relatives.

This is the holiest day of the year. It begins in the evening of the ninth day of Tishrei with the Kol Nidrei service. This prayer composed before the ninth century, asks for release of vows or promisesmade to G-d that cannot be kept. On this day we abstain from food and drink. Some men wear white garments as a symbol of purity. It is also customary to light c andles in memory of departed relatives.

Yizkor (Prayer for the departed) is also recited. Yom Kippur concludes the following day with the Ne’ilah (Closing) service, so called because it refers to the closing of the gates of heaven at the end of the day. A single blast of the Shofar and the words “Next year in Jerusalem” terminates the fast.

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