Yom Kippur fell on Saturday, Sept 18 of this year, and is an important holiday for those of the Jewish Faith. We know that many people get the day off for this religious holiday, but many people don’t know what the holiday’s history is meaning is. This is a day that everyone, not only people of the Jewish faith should learn about to expand their knowledge and understanding of another religion.
Yom Kippur is celebrated on the 10th day of Tishri, which is the first month in the Jewish calendar. The name, Yom Kippur, means “Day of Atonement,” and it is the day in which anyone observing the Jewish religion to admit their sins to God and to fast in order to gain God’s approval for the sins that they committed the year before, according to Religion Facts. Jews take the day off from work and any other activities that they have in order to focus strictly on God. Their goal is to change God’s mind on his judgment of them from sinful to holy. At the end of Yom Kippur, God will close the book in which he recorded one’s actions of that year.
Besides going to Synagogue on Yom Kippur, Jews also must fast from the before sunset on the night before Yom Kippur until sunset on the day of. There are also other limits that not all Jews embrace. The Talmud, which is an oral collection of interpretations of the Torah, says that Jews can’t wash themselves, use any deodorant or makeup, wear leather shoes, or have sex, according to Judaism 101.
People of the Jewish religion must spend most of Yom Kippur in synagogue. They have morning services, then go
home to take a nap, and then return for evening services. It is also a custom on Yom Kippur for Jews to wear white to show that there are pure of their sins.
This is just a small portion of the meaning of Yom Kippur, and hopefully it will enlighten many more people on the traditions and the customs of other religions. So next year when Yom Kippur comes around you will have a better understanding of what your Jewish friends are doing on that day.
Holidays, “Yom Kippur” Religion Facts
Yom Kippur, “Yom Kippur” Judaism 101