Yom Kippur, Jewish Day of Atonement, begins Friday night

Yom Kippur, Jewish Day of Atonement, begins Friday night”

Yom Kippur is a day of fasting in Judaism and is considered to be the holiest date on the Jewish calendar. Keller talked with news director Steve Mencher about one significant aspect of this High Holiday - beginning at sundown Friday.

Consequently, it is not customary to greet those observing with "Happy Yom Kippur", although there are not necessarily repercussions if you do that. This year, Yom Kippur begins at sundown September 29.

Translated into English, Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and is a chance for Jewish people to ask God to forgive sins committed over the past 12 months. It ends the evening of September 30.

The closures will be lifted after Yom Kippur ends, if security assessments indicate it is safe to do so. The will also abstain from washing, wearing leather footwear and marital relations.

As sundown approaches, those who practice perform an atonement service called Kaparot, eat honey cake to symbolize their hope for a sweet year, and enjoy a festive meal.

The day before the festivity, Jews are encouraged to give to charity, carry out the kapparot ritual and additional prayers. They may attend Kol Nidre services tonight and Yom Kippur services all day tomorrow. The Al Chet confession of sins is receited eight times, and Psalms are frequently recited. Jewish people believe God can not forgive sins done to other people, so prior to the holiday observant Jews will ask people in their lives for forgiveness for any pain they may have caused. Additionally, Yom Kippur falls on the Sabbath this year, so you can wish those in synagogue a "good shabbos" or "Shabbat Shalom".

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