is a day of fasting and repentance that culminates a ten day period of
reflection marking the Jewish New Year.
Many Jews partake in a meal on Friday afternoon with friends
family, finishing all food and drink before 6 p.m., when the holiday
begins. The day of prayer that follows ends Saturday at 7
This is when, according to the liturgy, the gates of heaven which
opened for supplication on the Jewish New Year of Rosh
Hashanah, close again and the
Recited during Yom Kipper by the cantor in a synagogue and often
accompanied by a cello, this a prayer that dates back hundreds of
years. The prayer may have its origins in the days when Jews were
forced to convert to other religions against their will, as
it asks God’s forgiveness for “all
were undertaken that cannot be kept. The prayer is written in Aramaic,
a language spoken by the Hebrews after their defeat by the Babylonians
starting in 586 years B.C.E.
Because Judaism uses a lunar calendar, its festivals do not fall on
regular days according to the Gregorian calendar used by most
the Western world. To compensate for "lost" days and to keep the
calendar in tune with the seasons of nature, Judaism inserts a "leap
month" or a second month of Adar every few years.
Yom Kippur Readings
Information and Contemplation
Tallit Blessing Atara
Yom Kippur Shortstop
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