The Reflection of Yom Kippur Day

Holidays are fun. They are a time to reflect on the year that is going to end. In addition, holidays are a time to spend with family and friends. There are Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas and there are Jewish Holidays such as Passover and Yom Kippur. In addition to these holidays, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.
Holidays are fun. They are a time to reflect on the year that is about to end. The holidays are also a time to spend with friends and family laughing, talking, cooking, and eating. There are many different holidays to celebrate with friends and family. There are holidays that are celebrated in every season of the year. In the springtime, we celebrate both Easter and Passover. Both of these holidays are celebrated in either March or April. In the summer, we celebrate Fourth of July In the autumn, we celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving. In the winter, we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and the start of the New Year. There are Christian holidays and there are Jewish holidays. Jews don’t celebrate Christmas and Easter and Christmas and Christians don’t celebrate Passover and Hanukkah. There are other Jewish holidays that are celebrated throughout the year. Jewish people celebrate Passover, Purim, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. During Rosh Hashanah, Jews reflect on the year past and plan and hope to have a sweet and prosperous new year. The food during Rosh Hashanah can include roast beef or Cornish hen. It can also include chicken soup and sweet and sour meatballs. There is also apples dipped in honey, bread called Challah, and grape juice and wine. Dessert on Rosh Hashanah can include baked apples, apple pie, or ice cream cake. In contrast to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur also involves reflection but there is no eating or drinking when observing Yom Kippur. What is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur? Well, let’s examine Yom Kippur day.

Yom Kippur day is a Jewish holiday that is usually celebrated in late September or early October. Yom Kippur day is also known as the Day of Atonement. The Jewish holiday has as its central themes of atonement and repentance for sins against both God one’s fellow men. Yom Kippur is also the solemn and most reflective of the Jewish holidays. Yom Kippur day is usually spent in the synagogue fasting and prying with other Jews. Jews are also supposed to not enjoy any pleasures such as ice skating and having sex during Yom Kippur day. Jews don’t work during Yom Kippur. The complete abstention from eating, drinking, and bathing usually starts thirty minutes before sundown and ends after sundown the next day. Even though fasting is required of all healthy adults; it is waived in the case of some medical conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. Almost every Jewish holiday involve some type of ritual feast, but since Yom Kippur day fasting, Jewish law a person to eat a large and festive meal before Yom Kippur. In addition wearing white is traditional. Also, before sunset on the eve of Yom Kippur, the congregation gathers in the synagogue The Ark is opened and two people take from it two Torah scrolls. Then, they take their appointed places, on each side of the cantor and the three people recite a prayer.

Yom Kippur day is considered one of holiest of Jewish holidays. Therefore, many Jews who don’t strictly observe other Jewish holidays do strictly observe Yom Kippur. Plus, many secular Jews will fast and attend synagogue on Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur was celebrated on September 21st and it was a very reflective, cleansing, and hard day for me. Have a reflective Yom Kippur day.
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