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.