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When is Yom Kippur?

It will begin at Sundown on September 27 and ends at nightfall on September 28, 2009 with the sound of the Shofar (ram's horn). Jewish calendar dates begin at sunset of the night beforehand and conclude at nightfall the following day.

For future dates, go visit the other sites below.

Yom Kippur Dates for future years

What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement. It is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews. The ten days between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur are called the "Ten Days of Repentence" or the "Ten Days of Awe". During this time, the Jewish people take the time repent, to make up for the wrongs they have done in the past year and ask for forgiveness from God.

Yom Kippur fall on the eve of tenth day of Tishrei. The fasting begins on this day too. It is a very long fast of no eating or drinking for 25 hours.

Restrictions that are observed on Yom Kippur

  • Fasting
  • No washing and bathing
  • No costmetics or perfume
  • No sex
  • No wearing leather shoes

    However, some of the above restrictions may be lifted in certain circumstances. As Yom Kippur is a Shabbat (Sabbath), it is a day of rest, just as God rested after creating the earth.

    Most Jewish people will also wear white on Yom Kippur. It symbolizes purity. Some of the men put on a white robe with no pockets, called a kittel. Others put on a white yarmulke.

    What are the three most important components of Yom Kippur?

  • Prayer
  • Repentence (Teshuva)
  • Fasting
  • The Yom Kippur synagogue service starts from morning till nightfall. It starts with the Maariv (the evening service) and the prayer song called Kol Nidre (All Vows). This prayer asks God to forgive people from any vows made to God and not kept. It ends with Ne'ilah (shutting or closing of the gates of heaven) service.

    Find out what Yom Kippur is all about and what do Jews believe. Future dates of this celebration is also included here. Turn to the other pages here to learn more about Jewish celebrations. You can even download all the information. Good site.

    The OU Cyberhome of Torah
    All you want to know about Yom Kippur. Good site.

    Yom Kippur Torah Tots
    This site is for kids to learn about Yom Kippur.

    Torah Tots : Let's learn fast days for kids
    This site is for kids to learn about Yom Kippur and fasting.

    Torah Tots Holidays
    This site is for kids to learn about all the different Jewish Holidays. Good site for kids.

    Traditions of Yom Kippur

    Yom Kippur Blessings

    Yom Kippur, The Shofar

    Yom Kippur - Hebrew Vocabulary

    Yom Kippur Fasting Tips

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