Yom Kippur Date in the current year: October 12, 2016

Yom Kippur Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. It is also referred to as Day of Atonement as its central themes are atonement (a transgression to be pardoned or forgiven) and repentance (teshuva, the way of atoning for sin).

Yom Kippur is observed on the tenth day of Tishrei. It is regarded as the Shabbat of Shabbats, in other words the holiest day of all. According to Jewish tradition, on this day God seals each person's fate for the upcoming year. Yom Kippur is the last chance to amend one's behavior and seek forgiveness for all wrongs done against other people and God.

Jews traditionally observe Yom Kippur with strict fasting and intensive prayer. It is forbidden to eat, drink, bathe, wash, anoint oneself with lotions or perfumes, wear leather shoes, and have sex. On this day Jewish people refrain from work and abstain from all physical pleasures. Some people spend most of the day in synagogue.

Yom Kippur is a legal holiday in Israel. All businesses and shops are closed, public transport is not available, airports are shut down on Yom Kippur. There is no legal prohibition of driving motor vehicles, eating in public or sounding music, but all these things are considered impolite and are avoided.

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