Yom Kippur

National and Public Holidays in Israel National Holiday in Israel

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When is Yom Kippur?

How long until Day of Atonement ?
This holiday next takes place in 31 Days.
Dates of Day of Atonement
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday September 28th
2019 Wednesday October 9th
2018 Wednesday September 19th
2017 Saturday September 30th
2016 Wednesday October 12th
1 Day
Local Name
Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of repentance, considered to be the holiest and most solemn day of the year

Yom Kippur (day of atonement) is the Jewish day of repentance, considered to be the holiest and most solemn day of the year. It takes place on the tenth day of the seventh month.

What happens on Yom Kippur?

The central theme of Yom Kippur is atonement and reconciliation. Eating, drinking, bathing, using cosmetics, wearing leather shoes, and conjugal relations are all prohibited. A custom is to wear white on the holiday as a symbol of purity.

In Israel, it is a legal holiday. There will be no public transport and all shops and businesses are closed.

Fasting begins just before sundown (called 'tosephet' Yom Kippur, the 'addition' of fasting for a portion of the previous day is required by Jewish law), and ends after sunset the following day.

Prayer services begin with the prayer known as "Kol Nidre", which must be recited before sunset. Kol Nidre, Aramaic for "all vows," is a public annullment of all vows that will be made during the coming year.

Yom Kippur completes the penitential period of ten days known as 'Days of Awe' that begins with New Year's Day, the season of repentance and prayer; for though prayerful humiliation be acceptable at all times, it is thought to be peculiarly potent at that time.

The morning prayer service is preceded by litanies and petitions of forgiveness called selihot; On the Day of Atonement, many selihot are woven into the liturgy.

*Like other Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur will begin at sundown on the previous day.

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