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From
learning the color that is significant to the Yom Kippur holiday to
encountering insight regarding the fast associated with tradition, this
article continues to present facts regarding one of the most important
holidays in the Jewish faith.


5.    Wearing white on Yom Kippur is a custom of the religion that represents purity before God and the forgiveness of sins. The practice is more prevalent within Orthodox synagogues. It is also not uncommon to see some don the ‘kittel’, a white robe worn by the dead when they are buried.

6.    When people confess their sins at the Yom Kippur synagogue service, they recite their transgression in the first person plural, which places emphasis on the concept of communal responsibility for sins. For example, one may say, “we have been slanderous.”

7.    The conclusion of Yom Kippur usually lasts an hour, where the ark (location of Torah scrolls) stays open throughout the service. Everyone is standing for the entire time with the service providing last opportunities for people to reconcile with God because his judgments become sealed. When nightfall settles, the Yom Kippur service ends with a resounding blare from a shofar , a horn associated with Jewish religious practices. In traditional circles, the horn comes from a ram.

8.    While many people look at a fast as a dreaded practice because food and other substances are deprived, followers of the Jewish faith do not. According to the Talmud, “There were no days as happy for the Jewish people as the 15th of Av [when marriages were arranged] and Yom Kippur.” At the end of the holiday, observers have made peace with God and other people. When appropriately followed, the end of the fast most typically brings a sense of tranquility.

9.    In the past, when people went to the Temple of Jerusalem to worship, a high priest would conduct an intricate sacrificial ceremony on Yom Kippur. Dressed in white linen, he also confessed his own sins along with the sins of the people. The priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the Temple (the only day this was permitted) and would sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice, followed by an offering of incense. A goat was then sent into the wild, where it was driven to its death , serving as a symbol that the sins of Israel left with the creature.

10.    The Days of Awe represent the ten days marking the start of Rosh Hashanah to the end of Yom Kippur. During this significant time period (always taking place in the fall), great introspection and repentance takes place. Throughout this stretch of time, work is allowed on the days Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur , with the exception of the Sabbath that falls between the two holidays. This day is referred to as Shabbat Shuvah , the “Sabbath of Return”).