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Yom Kippur Holiday Begins at Sunset

The High Holy Days are drawing to a close.

Yom Kippur is, in short, the holiest day of the year in Jewish religion and culture. It is also referred to as the Day of Atonement, and the tradition is to solemnly fast for repentance and atonement of sins.

Yom Kippur marks the end of the annual High Holy Days period (Sept. 16 to Sept. 26 in 2012), which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On Sept. 25, observation will begin at sunset.

Yom Kippur falls annually on the 10th day of Tishrei, a month on the Hebrew calendar, which is nine days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

To observe Yom Kippur, one should eat and drink festively the day before—once early in the day and once later, before Kol Nidrei synagogue services. Then, for almost 25 hours, the day is spent in the synagogue without eating, drinking and other restrictions.

To observe the High Holy Days and holiday period before Kol Nidrei and after the Yom Kippur fast, many Jewish specialties are made. But there are a few staples that usually make their way onto the table. Try a honey cake, noodle kugel or brisket.

Charles September 26, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Why is a story about Yom Kippur in the Business section?
Erin Macdonald. R.D. September 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Good Yom Tov and have an easy fast.
Peter Schelden September 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I don't think it is, Charles. On my screen it says this is categorized as "awareness."

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