Yom Kippur is, in short, the holiest day of the year in Jewish religion and culture. It is also referred to as the “Day of Atonement,” and the tradition is to solemnly fast for repentance and atonement of sins.
Yom Kippur marks the end of the annual High Holy Day period (Sept. 16 to Sept. 26 in 2012), which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5773. On Sept. 25, observation will begin at sunset.
A few local services in the Brookline area:
- Temple Ohabei Shalom has their Kol Nidre Service tonight at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Yom Kippur Service tomorrow at 10 a.m., and a Worship and Reflection time at 2 p.m.
- The Chai Center's Ballroom Veronique is hosting High Holiday Services at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, and a Kids High Holidays Services at 10:30 a.m.
- Services at Congregation Kehillath Israel begin tonight at 5:45 p.m. and pick up tomorrow morning at 8:45 a.m., with a youth service from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Are you attending other services not listed? Did we miss one? Tell us in the comments.
Yom Kippur falls annually on the 10th day of Tishrei, a month on the Hebrew calendar, which is nine days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
To observe Yom Kippur, one should eat and drink festively the day before—once early in the day and once later, before Kol Nidrei synagogue services. Then, for almost 25 hours, the day is spent in the synagogue without eating, drinking and other restrictions.
To observe the High Holy Days and holiday period before Kol Nidrei and after the Yom Kippur fast, many Jewish specialties are made. But there are a few staples that usually make their way onto the table. Try an apple cake or noodle kugel.
How do you plan to break your fast tomorrow? What are you looking forward to eating? Tell us in the comments.