Israel and Yom Kippur: Time for a Day of National Atonement?
Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. Falling in the month of Tishrei, it marks the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. According to tradition, it is on Yom Kippur that God decides each person’s fate, so Jews are encouraged to make amends and ask forgiveness for sins committed during the past year. The holiday is observed with a 25-hour fast and a special religious service. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah are known as Judaism’s ‘High Holy Days.’
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Halaby, Raouf J. Professor Emeritus, "Israel and Yom Kippur: Time for a Day of National Atonement?" (2021). Articles. 315.