This year’s acknowledgment of Yom Kippur begins with sunset on 15 September and ends the next day, with nightfall. Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement – is the holiest day of the year in Judaism and it focuses on atonement and repentance. It is often observed with a 25-hour period of fasting and intense prayer.
Recall my post earlier dealing with Rosh Hashanah (the New Year). That was the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. The New Year celebration also included the forgiveness of sins. Yom Kippur is the tenth day of the same month and it completes the High Holy Days in Judaism (Yamim Noraim or Days of Awe).
Yom Kippur is the culmination of that period where a Jew tries to amend their behaviour and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God and other persons. At the end of Yom Kippur, people hope that God has forgiven them.