Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day of the Year
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the Jewish year and is the culmination of the High Holy Days, which began ten days ago with Rosh Hashanah. It marks the final opportunity to repent before God before the Book of Life is sealed for another year. Use our resources below to learn more about this biblically mandated observance.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins on October 8th at sundown. Watch now as Fellowship President Yael Eckstein explains the significance of this most holy day on the Jewish calendar and how it is observed in Israel and around the world.
, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, is the culmination of the High Holy Days that began ten days ago with Rosh Hashanah
. It represents the final opportunity for teshuvah
, repentance, and it is observed with prayers, fasting, and beseeching God for forgiveness.
The book of Jonah is traditionally read during Yom Kippur
services as it is the story of repentance, forgiveness, and second chances. Jonah's story reminds us that even when we stumble and sin, if we turn to God, He is quick to forgive and no one is beyond the reach of His compassion.
The Yom Kippur
service today no longer includes many of the elements as prescribed in the Bible, including the two goats. Yet, the message inherent in this ritual still resonates for us today. Learn more with this devotional teaching.