Yom Kippur, also called the “Day of Atonement,” is widely considered the holiest Jewish holiday. On Yom Kippur, the Jewish people ask God for forgiveness for sins that have been committed the past year.
For approximately 26 hours, one is to refrain from eating, drinking, bathing, wearing leather footwear, and partaking in sexual relations. Just like on the Sabbath, no work can be performed. Much of the day is spent in synagogue – many Jews who aren’t particularly religious will attend services on Yom Kippur. Instead of focusing on physical needs, one is to liken themselves an angel and, engage primarily in prayer and repentance.
After Yom Kippur, we look forward to the joyous holiday of Sukkot, beginning this year on Sept. 30.