Yom Kippur

Recent & Upcoming Yom Kippur Dates

The day of Yom Kippur does not begin until sunset on the specified beginning
date and ends at nightfall on the ending date.

2024:   October 11th – October 12th

2025:   October 1st – October 2nd

2026:   September 20th – September 21st

The History

According to rabbinic tradition, Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, commemorates Moses' announcement of forgiveness to the people upon descending with the second set of tablets, establishing it as a permanent holiday of forgiveness in the Torah. Yom Kippur is one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar.

It was the day when the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the Temple to offer sacrifices and pray for the forgiveness of the people's sins. The rituals and practices of Yom Kippur, including fasting and prayer, are rooted in biblical traditions outlined in the Torah, particularly in Leviticus 16.

The People

Moses – a prophet who announced G-d's forgiveness to the people upon descending with the second set of tablets containing the ten commandments.

The Traditions

Yom Kippur is part of the High Holy Days, which begin with Rosh Hashanah.

Prayer Fasting – Jews traditionally observe a 25-hour fast, from sunset to sunset. Five prayer services are held over the course of the day.

Synagogue – Many Jews spend most of the day in synagogue.

Rest – Work is forbidden during Yom Kippur.

Shofar Announcement – The shofar is blown to mark the end of the fast which traditionally ends with a festive meal.

The Food

Yom Kippur is observed with fasting and rest. The fast is traditionally broken in the evening with light dairy, fish, or egg dishes.

Meat Kreplach – the wrapping of the dough is said to symbolize the protection and mercy shown on the holiday

Cheese blintzes - A soft and comforting traditional Jewish dish that's often served with other dairy foods after breaking the fast

Challah bread - A staple of many Jewish holidays, including Yom Kippur, and is often the first food eaten to break the fast

Harira Soup - A hearty soup that's full of protein and complex carbohydrates, making it an ideal pre-fast meal

Honey Cake - Traditionally served on Rosh Hashanah, this cake can also be eaten on Yom Kippur and the flavor improves over time if stored in a plastic bag for a couple of days

"Kol Nidre" Proclamation for Yom Kippur:

All vows, and prohibitions, and oaths, and consecrations, that we may vow, or swear, or consecrate, or prohibit upon ourselves, from the previous Day of Atonement until this Day of Atonement and from this Day of Atonement until the Day of Atonement that will come for our benefit. Regarding all of them, we repudiate them. All of them are undone, abandoned, cancelled, null and void, not in force, and not in effect. Our vows are no longer vows, and our prohibitions are no
longer prohibitions, and our oaths are no longer oaths.