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Yom Kippur 2017 (the Day of Atonement): September 29–30

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d” (Leviticus 16:30).

For nearly twenty-six hours—from several minutes before sunset on 9 Tishrei (Sept. 29) to after nightfall on 10 Tishrei (Sept. 30)—we “afflict our souls”: we abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from marital relations. Instead our time is spent prayer to G‑d. . . Read more

What Is Yom Kippur?
The holiest day of the year. Fasting and atonement, solemnity and joy . . .
The holiest day of the year. Fasting and atonement, solemnity and joy . . .
For nearly 26 hours Jews everywhere “afflict their souls” and spend the day in synagogue, praying for forgiveness.