Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Yom Kippur, the
Jewish Day of Atonement
Sept 18 : It’s Yom Kippur!
Did you know that Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most sacred of the Jewish holidays?
Known as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths“, the 40 days of repentance that begin with the first of Elul have passed. On Rosh Hashanah G-d has judged most of mankind and has recorded his judgement in the Book of Life. But he has given a 10 day reprieve.
On Yom Kippur those that have repented for their sins are granted a good and happy New Year.
Yom Kippur ends the 10 day period which began with Rosh Hashanah. Known as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im, it is a time of penitence and prayer. Jews worldwide are given these 10 days to repent for their sins and ask G-d for forgiveness.