Next prayer vigil
Sunday 1 october 2017 19.30h
Santa María la Blanca Synagog
Yom Yipur is the Jewish day of Atonement, forgiveness and heartfelt repentance, that is a sincere repentance.
Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. The holiday is instituted at Leviticus 23:26 et seq.
It is one of the Yamim Noraim (in Hebrew), “the Days of Awe or the Days of Repentance”. The Yamin Noraim consist in the ten days starting with the Rosh Hahana (New Year), and culminating with the Yom Kipur. In the Hebrew calendar Yom Kipur starts with the sunset of the ninth day of the month of Tishrei and continues until the sunset of the following day.
This is the Jewish day of repentance, which is considered the most holy and most solemn day of the year. Its central theme is atonement and reconciliation. The fast starts at dusk and ends with the sunset of the following day. The prayer service of the Yom Kipur starts with the prayer known as “Kol Nidre” which must be recited before the setting of the sun. The Kol Nidre (in Aramaic “all vows”) is a public cancellation of all religious public vows done by the Jews of the previous years. This refers only to the unfulfilled vows made between a person and God and it does not cancel vows made between individuals.
The service of the Ne’ilah is a special service which is celebrated only during the Yon Kipur day, and marks the closing of the feasts. Yom Kipur culminates with the sound of the shofar which marks the end of the fast. It is always regarded as a Feast day, both within the boundaries of the land of Israel as well as abroad.
Contrary to popular belief, Yom Kipur is not a sad day. The Sephardic Jews (the Jews which originated from Spain, Portugal and North Africa) refer to this feast as “the White Fast”.