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Yom Kippur 2014

Everything you need to know about Yom Kippur 2014.

When is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur 2014 begins at sunset on Friday, October 3 and lasts through Saturday, October 4.

What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of communal and personal atonenement for sins committed during the past year.

What are some of the customs on Yom Kippur?

Fasting is one of the central components of the Yom Kippur holiday.

Jewish adults are commanded to fast, but there are exceptions for pregnant women, nursing mothers, and those who are ill. Click here to see who is traditionally commanded to fast.

What are the services on Yom Kippur?

Prayer is the other central component of the holiday. The Kol Nidrei service kicks off the holiday, and Neila comes at the very end, bookending the holy day with solemn prayer. In between we read the book of Jonah, and perform the special Avodah service, which involves continually and frequently prostrating oneself on the ground.

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