Yom Kippur - Fasting for 25 hours finishes this evening - “G'mar Hatima Tova” (May you be sealed in the Book of Life)

    Some information on the most important holiday for Jews for those who arent aware...

    Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri. The holiday is instituted at Leviticus 23:26 et seq.

    The name "Yom Kippur" means "Day of Atonement," and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to "afflict the soul," to atone for the sins of the past year. In Days of Awe, I mentioned the "books" in which G-d inscribes all of our names. On Yom Kippur, the judgment entered in these books is sealed. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.

    Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and G-d, not for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible. That must all be done before Yom Kippur.

    Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath; no work can be performed on that day. It is well-known that you are supposed to refrain from eating and drinking (even water) on Yom Kippur. It is a complete, 25-hour fast beginning before sunset on the evening before Yom Kippur and ending after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur. The Talmud also specifies additional restrictions that are less well-known: washing and bathing, anointing one's body (with cosmetics, deodorants, etc.), wearing leather shoes (Orthodox Jews routinely wear canvas sneakers under their dress clothes on Yom Kippur), and engaging in sexual relations are all prohibited on Yom Kippur.

    As always, any of these restrictions can be lifted where a threat to life or health is involved. In fact, children under the age of nine and women in childbirth (from the time labor begins until three days after birth) are not permitted to fast, even if they want to. Older children and women from the third to the seventh day after childbirth are permitted to fast, but are permitted to break the fast if they feel the need to do so. People with other illnesses should consult a physician and a rabbi for advice.

    Most of the holiday is spent in the synagogue, in prayer. In Orthodox synagogues, services begin early in the morning (8 or 9 AM) and continue until about 3 PM. People then usually go home for an afternoon nap and return around 5 or 6 PM for the afternoon and evening services, which continue until nightfall. The services end at nightfall, with the blowing of the tekiah gedolah, a long blast on the shofar. See Rosh Hashanah for more about the shofar and its characteristic blasts.


    So in the West would you take a day off work or college etc to observe the day / celebrate etc?

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    So in the West would you take a day off work or college etc to observe … So in the West would you take a day off work or college etc to observe the day / celebrate etc?

    Most of the day is spent in synagogue by observant Jews and this is whats known as a high holy day, and so working this day fully can be impractical.

    Thank you for the informative post, very interesting.

    The shofar on my wall might be a bit small to make any kind of significant blast.
    Edited by: "Predikuesi" 12th Oct 2016

    Informative OP dave.

    What's the religious history linked to the day, if any? It sounds clunky but why this day?

    Is the observation of the day done by Jews in general or is it more done by orthodox Jews?

    Edited by: "EN1GMA" 12th Oct 2016

    Out of curiosity why do you write g-d instead of God?


    it was a quoted text from a website, I imagine that it was written by a … it was a quoted text from a website, I imagine that it was written by a Jew and this is a Jewish custom - see below. The custom of substituting the word "" with G-d in English is based on the traditional practice in Jewish law of giving the Hebrew name a high degree of respect and reverence. Furthermore, when written or printed, it is forbidden to destroy or erase the name (and many of the stand-in names used to refer).There is no prohibition in Jewish law against writing out or erasing the word which is English. However, many Jews have afforded the word with the same level of respect as the Hebrew equivalents detailed below. Because of this, many Jews substitute the word with "G-d" so that they can erase or dispose of the writing without showing disrespect to God.

    ​Aah, that makes sense. Seen it a few times on different sites and always wondered.

    Sounds like hard work . Respect to all those out there doing it

    Isnt great that everyone can practice their individual religions in GREAT BRITAIN without being victimised,terrorised and murdered just for being different from the majority.

    A wide range of countrys should be ashamed of the way they treat peoples that just happen to practice a different religion to them.

    They know who they are and we know who they are.

    Awesome, try being an atheist, a lot less hassle and bacon is soooo good.

    Happy whatever to whoever for whatever it is.



    Awesome, try being an atheist, a lot less hassle and bacon is soooo … Awesome, try being an atheist, a lot less hassle and bacon is soooo good.Happy whatever to whoever for whatever it is.

    I'm agnostic and I can't imagine living without pork. It's so damn good! I did admittedly try to go vegan for like, 1 or 2 weeks but my body didn't react well to that.

    Isn't this a time when the Jews defeated Pharoah?
    I know as Muslims, we also celebrate by fasting in this holy month of Muharram (1st Islamic Month). Interesting points OP. PS, I have done 19/20 hours fasts but 25 damn!

    I even found today's fast hard!!

    Edited by: "roadie" 12th Oct 2016

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    May your God walk with you

    Ancient and Beautiful, just as all religious prayer sung.
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