What is Yom Kippur Anyway?

So, today is the highest of the High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar. What do the words Yom Kippur even mean though? The word Yom means “day” while the word Kippur means “to atone”. This is the Day of Atonement for those of the Jewish faith. For those of you who have no idea what this holiday is about, you are about to find out.

The High Holy Days began 10 days ago on the Jewish New Year or, Rosh Hashanah. During those days that they will think about what they have done wrong in the past year. One will also try to amend as many of these wrong doings as they can. The reason for this is that at Rosh Hashanah, God writes the people’s fate in the Book of Life. They have until Yom Kippur to make as many wrongs right. On Yom Kippur, one will fast, pray, go to the synagogue, and repent. At the end of they day, God seals the fates for the year. Hopefully, one will have made s good effort and God will have changed any bad fates to good ones.