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Yom Kippur

For 26 hours each year Jews observe a day of atonement, or maybe it is a day of At-One-Ment. We fast from food and water, pray all day, and acknowledge where we have missed the mark. We ask for forgiveness and ask to be written and sealed into the "Book of Life" for the coming year. Traditionally it is seen that on this day it is decided who will live and who will die for the coming year. The momentum of Yom Kippur begins 40 days before, at the start of the month of Elul. During Elul we blow the shofar every day and begin the process of turning towards the Divine and repentance. 

 

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What's happening this year? What is Yom Kippur?  |   Where is the Meaning?

What's Happening This Year? | Our plans for Yom Kippur 2021

This Year Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 15th, 2021.

We have many exciting offerings for Yom Kippur this year. Please click here to be brought to our main information page on the High Holidays. 

A Little History | So what is Yom Kippur and why do we celebrate it?

After the Jews left Egypt (Passover) they didn't trust Moses or G!D and so they made a golden calf to pray to. to make up for this and to ask for forgiveness for the entire people Moses spent 80 days on mount Sinai. The people were forgiven and the day he came down was known as "Yom HaKippurim" The Day of Atonements. Once the Tabernacle was created by the Hebrews, each year services would culminate with Yom HaKippurim. A few things would be done differently on this day in terms of offerings. Two goats were to be given as offerings, one would be given as a sin offering to G!D The High priest would confess and place the sins of the whole community on to the second goat and release it into the wilderness. 

When we shifted to the temple in Jerusalem, This was the time of year when the High priest would go into the Holy of Holies and commune with God, pray for the forgiveness of the Hebrews as a whole, and in a way, download a message for the Jewish people for this year. 

The Mystical Meanings | Some Psycho-Spiritual Meanings and Themes

Yom Kippur, like all other Jewish Holidays, has a myriad of themes to connect to on a psycho-spiritual level. Each holiday has the ability for interpretation and reflection. Each year the holiday can mean something else because, as the years pass we change, and how we see the holiday changes with us. Here are some themes that you may want to work with this year or in years to come.

  • Yom Kippur is also Yom HaKiPurim, you can translate The full name to also mean "a day that is like Purim" How is Yom Kippur like Purim? What is the hidden meaning here?
  • The liturgy of this holiday is filled with names of G!D that have to do with royalty and sovereignty. What is your relationship to these ideas? how are they relevant to you today?
  • We all miss-step, we all miss the mark. How can you own yours and make changes in your life for the future?
  • It is said that through Teshuvah (Radical self-work and coming back into right relationship with those around you and with G!D), Tephila (Prayer and attaching one's self to G!D), and Tzedakah (Acts of generosity that bring about justice and righteousness) we are redeemed for the next year and a difference is made. Which one of these paths do you do the least? How could you add a little more to your life?

 

Fri, October 15 2021 9 Cheshvan 5782