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Yom Kippur: A Means to an End
The real goal of Yom Kippur is to inspire us to return to G-d on our own.
G-d doesn't want man merely to afflict himself by fasting on Yom Kippur but rather wants complete repentance. Self-castigation is of no intrinsic value, cannot take the place of repentance, and is only a means to an end, the end being character rehabilitation.
Uttering the Holy 42-Letter Name
When the High Priest started to form the letters of the name with his lips, he immediately "swallowed" it.
"For on this day he (the High Priest) will provide atonement for you to purify you; before the L-rd, you shall be cleansed from all your sins."

The High Priest used the 42-lettered Name of G-d during his prayer in the Holy Temple on Yom Kippur. However, even as the High Priest started to form the letters of this Divine Name with his lips, he immediately "swallowed" it, not allowing the fully formed word to escape and become contaminated by the air around him.
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