Yom Kippur

in Judaism

An overview...

Yom Kippur (also Day of Atonement) is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It is the day Jewish believers are closest to God. "Yom" means day. "Kippur" means "to atone". Jewish people are believed to be relieved of their sins and purified by God. Jews observe fasting for 26 hours. During this time, they abstain from martial relations, eating, drinking, bathing and wearing leather shoes.

“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d” (Leviticus 16:30).

Significance of Yom Kippur

Tradition observes Yom Kippur as a day that "seals" the fate of Jews for the New Year. The Book of Life is said to have the life of each Jewish believer in its books. Therefore, on Rosh Hashannah the fate of each Jew is written into the book. Then, on Yom Kippur the fate of each Jew for the New Year is sealed. Yom Kippur is marked as the "last day" to ask for forgiveness from God for wrongdoings to others and yourself before your fate is sealed each New Year. An ultimate repentance. A special greeting is said on Yom Kippur "G'mar chatimah tovah" Meaning "May you be sealed for a good year ahead."
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