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YOM KIPPUR

BAT ZION YOM KIPPUR SERVICES

KOL NIDRE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH 6:30 PM
MORNING SERVICE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH 10:30 AM
NEILAH SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH 6:30 PM

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we areclosest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, topurify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d” (Leviticus 16:30).

Beginning at sundown on September 29th, we “afflict our souls”. During this time we abstain from food and drink, some do not wash or anoint their bodies, and some abstain from marital relations. 

The day is the most solemn of the year, yet an undertone of joy suffuses it: a joy that revels in the spirituality of the day and expresses the confidence that G‑d will accept our repentance, forgive our sins, and seal our verdict for a year of life, health and happiness. The closing Neilah service climaxes in the resounding cries of “Hear O Israel . . . G‑d is one.” Then joy erupts in song and dance, followed by a single blast of the shofar, followed by the proclamation, “Next year in Jerusalem.” We then partake of a festive after-fast meal, making the evening after Yom Kippur a yom tov (festival) in its own right.

More information can be found on www.chabad.org, www.hebrew4christians.com, and www.myjewishlearning.com. Parts of this article were taken from www.chabad.org.