10th day of Tishrei - “Day of Atonement”
The name “Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement.” It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. Yom Kippur falls on the tenth of Tishrei and brings a close to the ten days of repentance that began with Rosh Hashanah. It is spent in prayer, meditation, and fasting. During Yom Kippur we ask forgiveness from God and from each other. We pray that we will be written in the Book of Life for a new year filled with kind deeds, health, and
The Kol Nidre Service is the start of Yom Kippur and is held on Yom Kippur Eve. Some others observe a 25-hour fast beginning before sunset on the evening before Yom Kippur and ending after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur. Some also refrain from working, washing and bathing, and wearing leather.