Judaism has a whole bunch of holidays, most from the Bible going back thousands of years.

Yom Kippur, literally the Day of Atonement, is one of the most important holidays, but there is a lot about it that is not well known.

Gidon Ariel teaches about some of the basics of this important holiday.

Your comments and questions are welcome!

6 thoughts on “Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement”

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    Very interesting. Very revealing about the holiness of the day there in Israel, that a kid can go out on the highway on his bike because there is no traffic at all. Wondering though if there were an emergency , would emergency teams go out? Of course we can hope and pray that it won’t be necessary not now and not ever! Shalom! Shana tova!

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      Good question, the answer is definitely. In fact, one of the top stories on the news every year after Yom Kippur is over is how many calls the Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross) dealt with over the holiday, mostly births, dehydration (from fasting) and bike accidents:-)

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    vivienne Havalant-levijonhufvud

    Love the little boy on the main highway of Tel-A-Viv we cannot expect little people to fast and pray in synagogue all day as the grownups. Shalom

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    Thank you so very much for sharing about the details of Yom Kippur. I did not realize that so much time was spent in prayer and at the synagogue. I really appreciate all you share and each of those who are teaching classes!! I do know if I am one of the 300 or not but I have been with you for some time and it has enriched my life greatly!!!

    Lynda Sipes

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    Very interesting, thank you Gidon for that… I knew about the meaning of the day of Yom Kippur, but what I find fascinating is that on the day of Yom Kippur, without a government law, EVERYBODY respects the day and does not drive around in the streets of the cities! As you say, not necessarily because ALL Jews are religious but because ALL have an individual common and mutual respect for the meaning of that day. WOW, that’s fascinating. And it is indeed an important day for all Israel. Happy Rosh Hashannah!

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    Thanks so much for the very informative presentation on this most holiest of days. G’mar Hatimah Tovah.

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