Friday, September 13, 2013

Yom Kippur Holiest Jewish Holiday Begins at Sundown Tonight Around the World


Tonight, beginning just before sundown, Jews around the world will be observing Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), the holiest day on the Hebrew Calendar. Traditionally those of the Jewish faith attend a long evening service called Kol Nidre (which translates to All Vows). Then we return to the synagogue again in the morning for a full day of fasting and praying that G-d forgive each of us for all our shortcomings and that everyone should be sealed in the Book of Life for another year.

Symbols of the New Year and Yom Kippur,
At the end of the holiday, which also concludes the Jewish High Holidays, a long single shofar (ram's horn) blast will be sounded after the sun has set for all the congregation to hear. Jews will then break the fast with some honey cake at the shul and then, typically, eat a light dairy meal at home.

Shofar (Ram's Horn) with Ceramic Honey Dish,
For those who are celebrating with me, may your prayer and fasting inspire you as we continue into the new Jewish year 5774.

G'mar Chatima Tov!

May you be written in the Book of Life
for all Good Things

Honey Dish I made by Carving a Real Apple,
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