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Submitted by ub on Tue, 10/08/2019 - 16:43

On this Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the New Year, we wish our Jewish friends and readers, Samaritans, and all the Christian friends who celebrate it, a good, easy or meaningful fast.

Yom Kippur, the most significant holiday in the Jewish religion, marks an end to the 10 days of repentance.

This is a time for people to reflect on their sins and transgressions from the past year and ask God for forgiveness.

the holiest day of the Jewish year.

It's the day of atonement after the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah. On this day, Jews ask God for forgiveness for their sins to secure their fate. It's also known as the Sabbath of Sabbaths.

It begins at sunset and it ends on Wednesday evening. Jews observe the holiday by fasting from just before sunset until just after nightfall. Some will avoid working, wearing leather shoes, applying makeup or lotion, washing, bathing or having sex.

According to the Jewish religion, first Yom Kippur occurred after God gave Moses the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. When Moses came down from the mountain, he found the Israelites worshiping a gold idol calf. After they atoned for their sin, God then forgave them and offered Moses a second set of tablets.

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