15 Facts About Yom Kippur

1. Yom Kippur is the occasion on which otherwise non-observant Jews are most likely to attend synagogue, refrain from work, or fast.

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2. Yom Kippur is a sabbath, meaning Jews are supposed to refrain from working during the 25-hours it lasts.

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3. Yom Kippur begins ten days after Rosh Hashanah, which is the first day of Tishri and the Jewish New Year.

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4. Yom Kippur translates to Day of Atonement and is the most solemn and holiest holiday in the Jewish calendar.

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5. Yom Kippur starts Tuesday at sundown and ends Wednesday evening at sundown.

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6. In 2018, Yom Kippur starts at sundown on Tuesday and ends at sundown on Wednesday.

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7. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday, Sept 18, and ends at sundown on Wednesday, Sept 19.

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8. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, when we are closest to G‑d and most connected to the essence of our souls.

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9. Yom Kippur is a legal holiday in the modern state of Israel.

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10. The latest Yom Kippur can occur relative to the Gregorian dates is on October 14, as happened in 1967 and will happen again in 2043.

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11. Yom Kippur falls each year on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, which is 9 days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

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12. Yom Kippur comes to an end with a recitation of Shema Yisrael and the blowing of the shofar, which marks the conclusion of the fast.

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13. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im that commences with Rosh Hashanah.

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14. Yom Kippur is "the tenth day of [the] seventh month" and is regarded as the "Sabbath of Sabbaths".

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15. Yom Kippur is usually expressed in English as "Day of Atonement".

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