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Holy Days On Zoom: How Did You Observe Yom Kippur?




Yom Kippur Jewish star of David.
Yom Kippur Jewish star of David.
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Known also as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is a day of fasting, prayer and repentance in the Jewish tradition, with the day before set aside for eating and preparing for the holy day. 

The Torah portrays Yom Kippur as a day centered almost entirely around the Temple in Jerusalem. On the holiday, the high priest performed complicated rituals and sacrifices to purify the Temple from the defilement attached to it as a result of the sins of the Israelite people. Another aspect of the day was atonement, which amounted to the spiritual cleansing of the people. In modern practice, the atonement is turned inwards, as a means of self-purification. Observers customarily spend the day of Yom Kippur in the synagogue, where five prayer services are performed. But, like everything in 2020, long-held traditions have been turned upside down by the pandemic. Now, observers will see many of their practices altered or moved to an online format.

How are you planning to observe Yom Kippur? What kinds of traditions have been impacted? Comment below or give us a call at 866-893-5722.