September 14, 2013
Note: The holiday begins with Kol Nidre at sundown on September 13.
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Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at sunset. There is something mystical about Yom Kippur in that almost all Jews recognize the holiness of the day: On Yom Kippur, G-d graces the world with amnesty — all one needs to do is to come and ask for it. When we spend the day talking with G-d, we are discussing, privately, all the things for which we need such amnesty, thereby cleansing ourselves and helping us recognize how we can improve our lives. In fact, the holiday is structured for us to build towards this connection with our inner-selves and with G-d.