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Yom Kippur Begins At Sundown

The blowing of the shofar, a Jewish horn used on Yom Kippur
The blowing of the shofar, a Jewish horn used on Yom Kippur Photo Credit: File Photo

The Jewish community is preparing for Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur begins in the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 22 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 23.

For Jews, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which falls 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, marks the final opportunity of the year to repent of sins.

It is the holiest day of the Jewish year or, as the Bible describes it, the “Sabbath of Sabbaths."

During the 24 hour period of Yom Kippur, Jews fulfill this biblical commandment to deny themselves by fasting from food and water, engaging in intense soul-searching, and praying for forgiveness.

Yom Kippur is a day of inner purification and of reconciliation with God and fellow human beings.

Fasting on Yom Kippur is a reminder of the frailty of human existence and the duty to act charitably toward the less fortunate.

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