By Marcia Lee
From sundown today until sundown tomorrow, the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur will be celebrated by those who practice Judaism around the world. Yom Kippur is one of the most important days in Judaism, the name actually meaning “Day of Atonement”. Those of the Jewish faith believe their actions on this holiday will seal their fate for the upcoming year. Yom Kippur is the final day of the ten “Days of Awe”, which began with Rosh Hashanah on September 16th. This time marks the beginning of the New Year so it is common for Jewish people to wish one another a happy new year during this time.
Some of the things not allowed from sundown to sundown are eating, drinking & bathing – fasting begins before sunset on the first day, for a total 25 hours without food or drink. Most of the holiday is spent in the synagogue praying & repenting for sins they have committed. It is also customary to wear white on Yom Kippur, symbolizing purity & cleanliness.
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For all those celebrating the holiday, we here at the library would like to wish you an easy fast & a Happy New Year!