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Yom Kippur begins at sundown
September 27, 2020
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, when we are closest to the Lord and to the essence of our souls. Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement,” as the verse states, “because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins.” (Leviticus 16:30)
For nearly 26 hours, believers “afflict their souls.” They abstain from food and drink, do not wash or apply lotions or creams, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from marital relations. Instead, they spend the day in synagogue, praying for forgiveness.