The meaning of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur: Much More Than Atonement
Yom Kippur: Much More Than Atonement

Today we recognize Yom Kippur -- also known as the Day of Atonement -- a Jewish holiday that began last evening at sundown.

In some realms, Yom Kippur is considered to be the most important holiday of the Jewish year. While it isn't uncommon for many Jews who too not observe any other Jewish custom, for Yom Kippur, they will refrain from work and fast and/or attend synagogue services for Yom Kippur

With the name "Yom Kippur" directly translating to "Day of Atonement," it's pretty clear as to what the holiday is. It has been noted that this day set aside to "afflict the soul," allowing themselves to atone for the sins of the past year.

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