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Ten Facts About Yom Kippur

10 Facts About Yom Kippur

  • Yom Kippur is also known as the Day of Atonement.

  • It is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.

  • The central theme of Yom Kippur is atonement and repentance

  • Atonement is seeking to be at one (atone) with God and seeking His forgiveness for sins that have been committed.

  • Jewish people fast for 25 hours at Yom Kippur. This includes going without food, make up, perfume, bathing and leather shoes.

  • Traditionally Jews spend the day at prayer asking for forgiveness

  • Most Jewish people will visit the synagogue where there are five services.

  • Some people wear white as a symbol of purity.

  • Yom Kippur is in October in 2019 and is a month after Rosh Hashanah.

  • A Shofar (a ram’s horn) is blown to mark the end of Yom Kippur.

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