Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Note: The holiday begins with Kol Nidre at sundown on October 11.

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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, God graces the world with amnesty — all one needs to do is to come and ask for it. When we spend the day talking with God, 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 God.