Leviticus 16:29 "In the seventh month, on the tenth day of that month, you must afflict your souls"

HaShem granted us a special opportunity on the holy day of Yom Kippur.

On this day, we stand before Him in prayer and service asking Him to forgive us for all our sins. He promises to accept our prayers on this holy day and help us begin anew.

All year, we are often only concerned with ourselves.

We strive to provide ourselves and our families with all those things that make us feel good. We busy ourselves with preparing tasty food and drinks and comfortable surroundings.

On this holy day, when we are standing before HaShem, we should concern ourselves with doing Teshuvah and resolving to fulfill the Mitzvot properly.

We are not preoccupied with our natural pleasures like food and drink. Yom Kippur is so sacred that we can sense the holiness and this lifts us above our everyday physical concerns.

We are commanded to fast on Yom Kippur and conduct ourselves in a holy way.