Out of all the holy days in the Jewish faith, the second holiest day of the year, second to Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur begins October 4th at sundown and last approximately 25 hours and it typically observed with fasting and prayer in alignment with the themes of atonement. The Jews believe that if they are not doing something to serve God. God will have no reason to keep them on earth (wasting oxygen).
Look back to move ahead! What you done in the past year to serve God? Can you be sure God will keep you around for another year? This 25 hour window on Yom Kippur is for abstaining from food, drink and bathing as well as marital relations. reflecting on the past year.These 25 hours are the best time of they year to seek God’s face, ask for forgiveness of your sins, turn from your sin and move ahead and use the gifts God gave you for His purposes. A Ten-day period in the month typically occurring between September and October is called the Tishrei, known as the High Holy Days or Days of Awe, which begins with the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah. It ends on the evening of October 5th.
Yom Kippur encompasses all the emotions for spiritual ablution- from guilt to mourning to resolve.
Yom Kippur marks 10 days of repentance which begin with Rosh Hashanah. During this time it is believed that an individual can influence God’s decree for the coming year. The legal code of conduct for life that Jews follow, the Mishnah, portrays God as inscribing names of people in one of three books on the occasion of Hashanah: one book for recording names of good people, the second book for names of wrongdoers, and the third book for those who are not on either side of the scale.
The Jews believe that through extensive acts of prayer, charity, and repentance during the Days of Awe, the book their names are written in can be changed before Yom Kippur, thus saving their own lives by following God’s purpose for them, and the acts that might very well change God’s mind whether He will take their life.
The Atonement (10-days)
The atonement for sins is achieved through acts of fasting, abstinence from sexual relations , wearing leather shoes, washing and bathing. And visiting the synagogue (church) is also trad, although not alk Jews observe every aspect of Yom Kippur.