Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur 2019

Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Tuesday, October 8 and ends at sundown on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

Yom Kippur

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Yom Kippur

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

The Benefits of Fasting on Yom Kippur

Don't believe in God? In reward and punishment? The obligations of Jewish law? Here's why you should fast anyway.

Must-Know Yom Kippur Words and Phrases

Key vocabulary for the Jewish Day of Atonement.

Avodah Service

Recounting Yom Kippur traditions from the Temple period.

Bring Your Own Books

Seven things to read in shul on the High Holidays.

Candle-Lighting Blessings for Yom Kippur

Blessings for beginning Yom Kippur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration.

V’chol Ma’amimim: Speaking Order into Chaos

From the depths of uncertainty, this High Holiday prayer invites us to call out the steadfast faith we wish we felt.

What is Elul?

The month prior to the Jewish new year is a time of introspection and personal stock-taking.

How to Find a Mahzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

Options for purchasing printed books and downloading free PDFs.

Yom Kippur In the Community

What to expect in synagogue on the Day of Atonement.

Why Fast on Yom Kippur?

Fasting is a physical discipline that translates into ethical behavior.

Eileh Ezkarah for Pittsburgh

A Yom Kippur prayer for the eleven Jews massacred on October 27, 2018 at the Tree of Life synagogue.

When Sandy Koufax Refused to Play on Yom Kippur

Koufax’s refusal to play on the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, became a major point of pride for American Jews, who saw that it was possible to live in two cultures at once.