Sunday, 1 September 2013

What, How & When - Yom Kippur

What Is Yom Kippur & When Is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur translates to ‘day of awe’ in Hebrew. It is the day of atonement of sins for followers of Judaism and the Jewish people all around the world mark this day to atone the sins between men not for the sins against another man. To a tone another person for the sins committed, one has to seek reconciliation from that person and then try to right wrong committed against him. For Yom Kippur that is about what has to be done all in all.

It is significant for the Jewish as on this day they refrain from their daily routine and work, keep a fast and attend services at the synagogues. They interact with other members of their community to repent for the sins they might have committed and seek an asylum for their misdeeds. On this all the wrongdoings are said to be forgotten among men and they try to lead a better life sans sorrow.

How is Yom Kippur observed?

The entire 25 hour duration of the fast is spent inside a synagogue. In many synagogues, services start early in the morning and continue till the afternoon. People after that usually retreat to take a nap and return in the evenings for the evening services which take place till nightfall. Then after the end of the services, the tekiah gedolah is blown which is said to be a blash on shofar. It is mandatory to dress in white on this day. White is said to symbolise peace of mind and harmony of the body. Also, orthodox Jewish wear kittel which is traditionally wore when a person is laid to rest in her grave.


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