Jewish Day of Atonement

Judaism and Repentance

Jewish thinking tries to strike a balance between responsibility and forgiveness.

Ancient Yom Kippur Observances

How the Day of Atonement was marked before the destruction of the Second Temple.

Elevating Sin

Acknowledging sins allows for individual purification.

Yom Kippur: Rabbinic Development

After the destruction of the second Temple, the focus of the holiday changes.

The Double Purpose of Yom Kippur

We must be cleansed from the polluting effects of sin.

Spiraling Towards Repentance

There are five factors in teshuvah (repentance), each of which can be a starting point for the entire process.

Last Chance

Yom Kippur culminates the process of repentance begun before Rosh Hashanah.