Did You Know? Countdown to Yom Kippur 2009 (09/27)


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

Sept 27 : observed tonight @ sundown

Did you know that Yom Kippur is the most sacred Jewish holiday, referred to as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”?

Throughout the 25-hour holiday, Jews must refrain from eating and drinking; anointing themselves with lotions or perfumes; engaging in marital relations; washing themselves; and wearing leather shoes.

These prohibitions symbolically represent the angels in Heaven, whose purity Jews try to emulate on 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.

Yom Kippur begins tonight at sundown.

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