Monday, October 7, 2019

Yom Kippur | The Day Of Atonement | Your Questions Answered


Listed below you will find frequently asked questions on Yom Kippur – The Jewish Day Of Atonement and quick answers to these queries.


What is Yom Kippur and how is it observed?
“Yom Kippur—”The Day of Atonement—is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. Falling in the month of Tishrei (September or October in the Gregorian calendar), it marks the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.” – History.com


Why is Yom Kippur the holiest day?
“Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It’s the day of atonement after the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah. On this day, Jews ask God for forgiveness for their sins to secure their fate.” – USAToday

What do you say during Yom Kippur?
“The greeting for Yom Kippur is “G’mar Hatima Tova” (May you be sealed in the Book of Life), or the shorter version “G’mar Tov.” It is also customary to say “Have an easy fast” before the holiday begins.” – Tori Avey



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What time does the fast start for Yom Kippur?

“Many Jewish people spend time in the synagogue at this time of the year. The fasting lasts for 25 hours and begins on the evening before Yom Kippur. It ends after nightfall on Yom Kippur.” – Time And Date

What do they do on Yom Kippur?
“Many Jewish people around the world observe Yom Kippur each year. Many Jewish people prepare and eat a festive meal on the day before the holiday starts. They also give to charity and visit people to seek or give forgiveness. Many also gather in a synagogue before sunset for a prayer service.” – Time And Date

Is Yom Kippur in the Bible?
“Leviticus 16:29 mandates establishment of this holy day on the 10th day of the 7th month as the day of atonement for sins. It calls it the Sabbath of Sabbaths and a day upon which one must afflict one’s soul. Leviticus 23:27 decrees that Yom Kippur is a strict day of rest.” – Wikipedia

And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:
30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.
31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.
32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:
33 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.
34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses. – Leviticus 16:29-34 – Bible.com

Why do we fast on Yom Kippur?
“In English, Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement.” Simply put, fasting is a vehicle for reflecting and repenting for your sins. Yom Kippur comes ten days after Rosh Hashanah, or the start of the Jewish new year, where you ask God for forgiveness so their name can be enshrined in the book of life.” – Time 

Can you work on Yom Kippur?
“Jewish law requires a halt to work on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, which are not legal days off.” New York Times

Can you drink water on Yom Kippur?
“Many fasting guides recommend drinking extra water in the days leading up toYom Kippur, to hydrate one’s body in preparation for the water-free fast. … If the feeling persists, or if you have other worrying symptoms, please drink some water immediately” – Mic.com