The Day of Atonement, which is Yom Kippur, is one of the holiest days for Jewish people, and the history of this day begins in ancient times. Most of the Jewish holidays involve feasting, but this day encourages fasting. Young boys and girls, under 13 and 12, respectively, are not required to fast.
There is a 25-hour period of intense prayer, and fasting from sunup to sundown. This time is often spent at the synagogue observing services for the holy day.
Yom Kippur takes place in the month of Tishrei on the tenth day. The Book of Life, it is believed holds the fate of each person for the coming year, on Rosh Hashanah, and the verdict is sealed on Yom Kippur. Before this, during the Days of Awe, the Jewish people attempt to amend their behavior and ask for forgiveness for any wrong doings against God or other human beings. The evening of this holy day is set up for petitions and confessing of guilt. At Yom Kippur’s end, it is believed that they are absolved by God.
The prayer services consist of five, rather than the usual three, services. They include public confessions, as well as a unique prayer for the holy service. Even Jews who do not observe their religious holidays usually observe this one as a High Holiday, and may even attend synagogue services. And some fast, as well.
The word Yom Kippur is broken up to mean the “day” (Yom) “to cover” or “to hide (Kippur). Another meaning is “to obliterate sin.” The eve of Yom Kippur is celebrated with two feasts, charity giving, and the asking of others for forgiveness.
There are five more prohibitions, according to the Jewish oral tradition, Mishnah tractate Yoma 8:1, and they are: no eating or drinking; no leather shoes are to be worn; no bathing; no applications of perfumes and lotions, and no marital relations are to take place. The theme of the day is to return to the pristine state by refraining from these everyday things. When all is said and done, favors given to those guests who were able to attend will both feel appreciated and be reminded of the day whenever they look at that favor. Use unscented candles at a dinner, because the fragrance from the candle may not mix well with the aroma of the food. When all is said and done, favors given to those guests who were able to attend will both feel appreciated and be reminded of the day whenever they look at that favor. The history of Yom Kippur has a different interpretations by each person. This is general facts about Yom Kippur.