• Dr. Herpy

What Is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Judaism, and it actually means “Day of Atonement.” In 2019, this holy day began the evening of Tuesday, October 8th and ended in the evening of Wednesday, October 9th. Many Jews observe Yom Kippur with approximately a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer while spending most of the day in synagogue services. This is the first year Kenston is cancelling school for Yom Kippur.

Senior Jay Ohlsen said, “I know Yom Kippur is very important to the Jewish religion, and I am glad Kenston cancelled school to allow people to observe the holy day how they want.”

The first Yom Kippur took place after the Isrealites’ exodus from Egypt and arrival at Mount Sinai. This is where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. According to Jewish tradition, God judges all creatures during the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, deciding whether they will live or die in the coming year.