Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is celebrated by Jewish people all over the world, including by many in the United States. The holiday falls on the tenth day of Tishri on the Jewish traditional calendar and comes soon after Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, on the first and second of the same month.
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Yom Kippur used to be the day when the high priest would enter the holy of holies in the Jewish Temple to intercede for Israel based on the blood of the sacrifice made on the altar. After the Temple was destroyed, however, that was no longer possible and other traditions gradually developed.
Today, Yom Kippur is a time when people fast and pray and seek to repent of their sins that they might be forgiven by God. It is believed by many that between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, you must repent and receive forgiveness and that on Yom Kippur, your “fate” for the year ahead will be sealed.
Many devout Jews spend the whole day of Yom Kippur praying and fasting in the local synagogue to avoid trouble in the year ahead.