Section 1: SageWHAT IS YOM KIPPUR AND WHYIS IT CELEBRATEDYom Kippur is an important day, filledwith fasting, repentance, and worship,and considered as the holiest day inJudaism. It's a day when Jewishcommunities around the world reflect onthe past year and ask for God’sforgiveness for any sins they havecommitted. Yom Kippur is celebrated tobring about reconciliation betweenpeople and between individuals and God.
Section 1: SageTHE ROLE OF YOM KIPPURJewish tradition says that Yom Kippur is the happiest dayof the Jewish year. 'Yom' means day and 'Kippur' meansatonement. So it's a day of atonement, a day offorgiveness.YOM KIPPUR IN THE BIBLELeviticus 16:29 establishes this holy day on the 10th day ofthe 7th month as the day of atonement for sins. The biblecalls it the Sabbath of Sabbaths and a day upon which onemust afflict one's soul. Leviticus 23:27 mandates YomKippur to be a strict day of rest.
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