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Yom Kippur 2017

When is the Day of Atonement?

Yom Kippur 2017 begins at sunset on Friday, September 29 and ends at sundown on Saturday, September 30.

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What is Yom Kippur?

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

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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, and click here for tips on staying healthy during the Yom Kippur 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.

Want to know more? Check out 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Yom Kippur.

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A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

The Day of Atonement contains more services than any other observance in Judaism.

Yom Kippur In the Community

What to expect in synagogue on the Day of Atonement.

Preparing for Yom Kippur

What to do in the days and hours before the Day of Atonement.