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What is Yom Kippur?

What is Yom Kippur?
Perhaps the Jewish people are not going to the synagogue as often as they used to, and the number of secular Jews has increased, but on the day of Yom Kippur, most of them turn their faces to religion. This is arguably the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar and it occurs on the 10th day of Tishri, so the Yom Kippur holiday will not take place in the same day each year, according to Gregorian calendar.
Essentially this means “Day of Atonement” and it demands all Jews to follow a strict set of rules, while praying to God for forgiveness. It is strictly prohibited to east or drink the entire day, and the only ones who receive exemptions are the young children, very sick old people and women in childbirth. For the rest of the population this rule applies strictly and some other things are forbidden as well. Wearing leather shoes, working, having sexual relations and even bathing and washing are not allowed.
The prayers start in the morning and don’t end until late at night, as there are five of them during Yom Kippur, more than on any other Jewish holiday. People are supposed to reflect on the bad deeds they’ve committed and repent, and at the end of the day, the prayers end with everyone making a statement. This revolves around the promise of being a better person, refrain from any wrong doing and of course pray more.

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1 Response for “What is Yom Kippur?”

  1. Ruth Hirt says:

    Thank you very much for the information.

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Posted by Florin P on Jan 21st, 2011 and filed under Culture. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response via following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site