April 14, 2024
Navy Chaplain Yonina Creditor, leads a Yom Kippur service aboard the nuclear plane service USS George Washington in 2018. Navy photograph

The solemn Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur in 2023 begins at sunset on Sunday, Sept. 24, with San Diego-area congregations holding Kol Nidre companies.

Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” in Hebrew. It’s a time of fasting, prayer and repentance marking the top of the annual 10-day excessive holy days interval starting with Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of a brand new yr.

Kol Nidre, or “all vows,” is the identify of the opening prayer. In lots of congregations, the prayer is accompanied by efficiency of a plaintive melody, often performed on a cello.

Yom Kippur prayers atone for sins in opposition to God, however not for sins in opposition to folks. For these sins, in response to Jewish regulation, one has to ask the people who have been damage for forgiveness.

Many Jews quick over the 24-hour interval of Yom Kippur after which attend a celebratory feast.

Yom Kippur ends with a single, lengthy blast of the shofar, an historical musical instrument produced from a ram’s horn.