Yom Kippur is the Jewish “Day of Atonement,” the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. The day’s laws and customs are intended to focus the individual completely on G-d. This year, Yom Kippur begins a few minutes before sunset on Tuesday, September 18th and concludes after nightfall on Wednesday, September 19th.
Jews traditionally mark Yom Kippur by refraining from eating or drinking for almost 26 hours and spending the day in synagogue, saying special prayers for forgiveness.
The day concludes the “Ten Days of Repentance” that begins with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. During the entire Ten Days of Repentance special prayers called Selichot are said in the synagogue in the early morning or late at night, and other special additions are added to the customary daily prayers.
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