Yom Kippur 101

Everything you need to know about the Day of Atonement.

Prayer Services

Services on Yom Kippur are lengthy and complex.


Key words and phrases for Yom Kippur.

What is Sin?

A modern interpretation of sin and repentance.

Test Your Knowledge

A Yom Kippur quiz.

9 Things You Didn't Know About Yom Kippur

Impress your friends and family with these little-known facts about the Day of Atonement.

Fasting & Food

Fasting Details

Who fasts and who shouldn't.

Fasting and Spirituality

You are what you don't eat.

Why Fast?

Fasting is a physical discipline that translates into ethical behavior.

Beet and Potato Fritatta

A recipe for breaking the fast.

Custom Cream Cheese

A twist on the classic shmear for your post-fast bagel.

Tips for Staying Healthy During the Yom Kippur Fast

How to survive 25 hours without food or water.


Kol Nidrei

The evening service of Yom Kippur is named after this declaration.

The Book of Jonah

Why we read it on Yom Kippur.


The concluding service of Yom Kippur.

Making Synagogue Meaningful

Or, how to survive High Holiday services.

A Complete Guide to the History, Prayers and Themes

This book provides historical background and interpretation of the ideas, practices, and liturgy of Yom Kippur.

Repentance & Change

Sin and Repentance

How repentance and confession are related.


The High Holidays provide a special opportunity to improve our ways.

Hating Yom Kippur

How do you confess to a sin without believing in sin?

Days of Awe: A Treasury

This classic volume by S.Y. Agnon features meditations and texts to deepen the spiritual experience of Yom Kippur.

Confession Heals

God is present after we sin.