BY RICHARD SISON | 2015
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day among the people of G-D. The Bible calls this day Shabbat Shabbaton, the sabbath of sabbaths (Lev 23:26-32).
During this day of complete fasting, we devote ourselves to individual and communal repentance, teshuvah, returning to the right path.
Yom Kippur begins with the evening service of Kol Nidre (all vows), during which the liturgy introduces the main themes of this day: communal confession of sins, individual atonement, and divine compassion. Because Yom Kippur marks the end of the special forty-day of repentance, it is characterized by a sense of urgency and solemnity. In Yom Teruah we uttered “Write us in the Book of Life” and on this
eve of Yom Kippur we pray “Seal us in the Book of Life.”
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