Yom Kippur Observance at Beth David September 19, 2018 (10 Tishri 5779)
Yom Kippur is observed on September 19, 2018 ( 10 Tishrei 5779)
Yom Kippur, a fast day of prayer and collective confession, is the holiest day of the Jewish year. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishrei, 10 days after Rosh Hashanah. The name “Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement,” a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. The Book of Life is opened on Rosh Hashanah, your judgment in the book is sealed on Yom Kippur. No work can be performed on Yom Kippur; most of the holiday is spent in the synagogue, in prayer.
Why We Observe Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur atones only for sins between an individual and God, not for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible. That must all be done before Yom Kippur begins.
Beth David Yom Kippur Services
Kol Nidre, Tuesday, September 18, 6:45 pm
Yom Kippur Morning Services,
-Wednesday, September 19, 9:00 am
Yom Kippur Mincha/Ne’ilah,
-Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 pm
Fast Ends, 8:15 pm
Our high holiday security procedures require a ticket for entry. Members in good standing will receive their tickets in the mail automatically. For information on obtaining guest tickets for yourself or relatives, please contact the Synagogue office at
Yom Kippur Traditions, Symbols, and Activities
Yom Kippur Traditions
Abstaining from eating and drinking from before sundown until after the following sunset is probably the greatest test of self-control during this holiday. We refrain from giving in to our impulses. We prove to ourselves that we can control our bodies in the extreme; under normal circumstances, we should prevent our desires from leading into damaging excess.
Yom Kippur Activities
Yom Kippur is the day on which we are instructed to divorce ourselves as completely as humanly possible from the mundane world in which we live, in order to devote ourselves with all our hearts and minds to our relationship with God. Fasting is the most widespread manifestation of this devotion. Other examples include: refraining from washing for pleasure, sexual relations, and the wearing of leather (a sign of luxury in earlier times). It is traditional to dress in white and fulfill the promise that our sins shall be made as white as snow (Is. 1:18). Because of this and the desire to avoid leather, many Jews wear sneakers, or white athletic shoes, on Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur Symbols
The scale of judgement is the most well-known symbol for the Day of Repentance when God remembers and judges all human deeds. Yom Kippur is an opportunity for us to review the past year, our deeds, misdeeds, and missed opportunities. This day offers an opportunity to even the scale between you and God.
Yom Kippur Greeting
The traditional greeting between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is “Shanah Tova,” (Happy New Year) or “have an easy fast.” The more targeted greeting for Yom Kippur is “G’mar chatimah tovah”–May you be inscribed in the book of life.