LY772 From Israel, joined Aug 2001, 1340 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 204 times:
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most sacred of the Jewish holidays, the "Sabbath of Sabbaths." By Yom Kippur the 40 days of repentance,
that begin with the first of Elul, have passed. On Rosh Hashanah G-d has judged most of mankind and has recorded his judgement in the Book of Life. But he has given a 10 day reprieve. On Yom Kippur the Book of Life is closed and sealed. Those that have repented for their sins are granted a good and happy New Year. Since Yom Kippur is the day to ask forgiveness for promises broken to G-d, the day before is reserved for asking forgiveness for broken promises between people, as G-d cannot forgive broken promises between people.
Yom Kippur is a day of "NOT" doing. Jews may not eat or drink, as fasting is the rule. It is believed that to fast on Yom Kippur is to emulate the angels in heaven, who do not eat, drink, or wash. The Five Prohibitions of Yom Kippur
1.Eating and drinking
2.Anointing with perfumes or lotions
5.Wearing leather shoes
While Yom Kippur is devoted to fasting, the day before is devoted to eating. According to the The Talmud the person "who eats on the ninth of Tishri (and fasts on the tenth) , it is as if he had fasted both the ninth and tenth." Prayer is also down played so that Jews can concentrate on eating and preparing for the fast. On the eve of Yom Kippur the community joins at the synagogue. Men put on prayer shawls (not usually worn in the evenings). Then as the night falls the cantor begins the "Kol Nidre", it is repeated 3 times, each time in a louder voice. The Kol Nidre emphasizes the importance in keeping vows, as violating an oath is one of the worst sins.
An important part of the Yom Kippur service is the "Vidui" (Viduy) or confession. The confessions serve to help reflect on ones misdeeds and to confess them verbally is part of the formal repentance in asking G-d's forgiveness. Because community and unity are an important part of Jewish Life, the confessions are said in the plural (We are guilty).
As Yom Kippur ends, at the last hour a service called "Ne'ila" (Neilah) offers a final opportunity for repentance. It is the only service of the year during which the doors to the Ark (where the Torah scrolls are stored) remain open from the beginning to end of the service, signifying that the gates of Heaven are open at this time.
The service closes with the verse, said 7 times, "The Lord is our G-d." The Shofar is sounded once and the congregation proclaim - "Next year in Jerusalem."
Yom Kippur will be the 27th of September.
Lighting of the Candles in Israel:
Tel Aviv: 5:10
I would like to say that I couldn't explain this information in English so I copied it from a website.
Ceilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 150 times:
Thanks for that, LY772.
Did you know that when the Arabs attacked Israel during Yom Kippur in 1973, the Ultra Orthodox Jews deliberately strung wires across the road so that IDF soldiers moving out in jeeps and trucks to face them would be beheaded for not observing the Prohibitions?
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 140 times:
LY772-That was a very interesting and enlighting piece. But at the risk of sounding ignorant to you, why each time God's name was mentioned, was the "o" ommitted? Just curious. Very interesting indeed.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 107 times:
I do know that some orthodox Jews did attack Israeli soldiers going to war, but the wire-accross-the-street seems a little too creative.
I also know that those same people throw rocks at ambulances during the "Yom Kippur" (cars are not allowed to travel in Israel during that day, emergency vehicles on call are excepted by the government, but not the fanatics), so what?
Why exactly did you feel like sharing it with the rest of us?
FlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 92 times:
I recall from last year, all of the radio stations in my area were trying to get some non-denominational praise over the air waves, in this case, Yom Kippur. So the radio station managers probably said to their DJ's something to the effect, "lets make our Jewish listeners happy and recognize one of their holidays." So when I turned on the radio, I heard the expression:
"Happy Yom Kippur"
This just shows the ignorance of the radio station to their jewish listeners. But as LY744 stated, it is the day of Day of Atonement and by no means a celebration. Ofcourse, you can give them credit for trying. Its better that they did say something rather than nothing at all I suppose. But once again, "Happy Yom Kippur," thats like saying to someone "happy funeral!"
Well thank you LY744 for your post, I think its important we all recognize the special days of our world's religions for what they are.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.