JBuzz Features September 13, 2013: Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2013

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Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2013

Source: Algemeiner, 9-13-13

1.  Yom Kippur commemorates God’s forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf…

2.  Yom Kippur is a day of forgiveness only for sins committed against God….

3.  Yom Kippur’s focus on seeking forgiveness highlights humility….

4.  Yom Kippur is a Happy Jewish Holiday….

5. Yom Kippur is observed on the tenth day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, whose astrological sign is Libra (♎)….

6. Three holidays – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot (Tabernacles) – are celebrated during the Jewish month of Tishrei…

7.  The first human being, Adam, was created on the first day of Tishrei…

8.  Yom Kippur and the Jubilee highlight liberty and the subordination to God….

9.  The Hebrew word Kippur כיפור  (atonement/repentance) is a derivative of the Biblical word Kaporet כפורת….

10. Yom Kippur calls for repentance – Teshuvah, תשובה in Hebrew….

11.  The Hebrew spelling of ”fast” (צם/צום) – abstinence from food – reflects the substance of Yom Kippur….

12.  The prayer of Veedooi -וידוי  (confession/reaffirmation in Hebrew) is recited ten times during Yom Kippur….

13.  A Memorial Candle, commemorating one’s parent(s), is lit during Yom Kippur….

14.  The Scroll of Jonas is read on Yom Kippur….

15.  A long sound of the Shofar (תקיעה גדולה) concludes Yom Kippur….READ MORE

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