Yom Kippur is part of the great Jewish holy days, but you shouldn’t tell someone “Happy Yom Kippur.” Here’s what you need to know about sad celebrations.
WASHINGTON – Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar and also one of the most memorable days of the year.
It marks the end of the “Days of Awe,” a 10-day period that begins on Rosh Hashanah, the other great Holy Day that celebrates the Jewish New Year.
Yom Kippur in English means “Day of Atonement” and focuses on repenting and asking for forgiveness for wrongs that may have been committed in the past year.
Jewish adults who observe the holiday will typically fast for about 25 hours (starting at sunset the night before). However, Jewish teachings explain that anyone who may experience health risks from fasting is exempt and should still eat and drink water during Yom Kippur.
The Jewish calendar is mainly based on the moon and the Gregorian calendar is based on the sun, which is why one can perceive holidays as sometimes “late” or “early” in the US. However, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are always observed. on the same dates according to the Jewish calendar.
Yom Kippur officially ended after the last horn blowing of a ram, or shofar, in the time of Neilah, i.e. the closing ceremony. Traditionally, people will gather together for a meal after Yom Kippur is over.
When does Yom Kippur start?
This year, it begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.
When does Yom Kippur end in 2022?
Yom Kippur officially ends on Wednesday, October 5. The exact time will depend on your location.
Is Yom Kippur a federal holiday?
No, Yom Kippur is not a federal holiday in the United States.
What do you say to someone on Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur is a sad holiday, so you shouldn’t tell someone “Happy Yom Kippur.”
Instead, you can tell someone “yes a quick one.” Some recently instead wished everyone a “meaningful fast life.” This acknowledges that fasting according to Yom Kippur is not necessarily an easy task.
Another traditional greeting is “G’mar chatima tova” (pronounced gih-MAR chah-tee-MAH toe-VAH), which basically means “May you be recorded in the Book of Life”. According to Jewish tradition, it is believed that one’s fate is decided by Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur.
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