Yom Kippur 2015

Everything you need to know about Yom Kippur 2015.

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When is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur 2015 begins at sunset on October 3 and ends on October 4.

What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of communal and personal atonement 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.

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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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