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Origin Of Holidays

The History of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur's literal meaning is the "day of atonement" in which all who follow the faith must make amends and repent for sins committed. Such repentance is through a day of self denial.

Yom Kippur follows the holy days of Rosh Hashana. Together these days are known as the Days of Awe. Yom Kippur is essentially the last chance one has to get straight with God before He inscribes your name in the book of judgement.

The first observance of Yom Kippur happened after Moses came down Mount Sinai the second time after breaking the original tablet of The Ten Commandments. The Israelites were engaged in idol worship of a golden calf which caused a separation between them and God. In order to bridge the gap, they needed to fast, pray, and repent for God to forgive their transgressions.

During the day, a follower of the Jewish faith is supposed to avoid work and recreational activities while contemplating their own relationship with God. It is hoped by observing and coming clean with Go they will have a good merit next to their name in the Book of Life.