Did You Know? Countdown to Yom Kippur 2009 (09/26)


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Yom Kippur, the
Jewish Day of Atonement

Sept 26 : observed in 1 day

Did you know that Jewish people are obligated to ask for forgiveness, directly and specifically, from each individual they may have hurt or offended during the year?

If not granted forgiveness, one must ask again — and again — three times in total. If, after the third sincere and genuine apology, forgiveness is still not granted, a person may seek absolution from G-d during Yom Kippur.

Known in English as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on the tenth day of the Jewish month of Tishrei — just a week and a half after the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The ten-day period between the High Holy Days is known as the Ten Days of Tshuva (Repentance), a time during which deep introspection and personal atonement is to take place.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Yom Kippur. Please join us!

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Sunday September 27, 2009.

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