Jewish Day of Atonement Observed Today
Known as Yom Kippur, this is the holiest day of the Jewish religious year and calls for daylong services, fasting and repentance.
Yom Kippur is, in short, the holiest day of the year in Jewish religion and culture. It is also referred to as the “Day of Atonement,” and the tradition is to solemnly fast for repentance and atonement of sins.
In Joliet, Yom Kippur observations take place at the Joliet Jewish Congregation. Services begin at 9 a.m., with a children's service at about 1:30 p.m., Mincha-Neilah services at 5 p.m. and a Break the Fast event immediately following.
Yom Kippur falls annually on the 10th day of Tishrei, a month on the Hebrew calendar, which is nine days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
To observe Yom Kippur, one should eat and drink festively the day before—once early in the day and once later, before Kol Nidrei synagogue services. Then, for almost 25 hours, the day is spent in the synagogue without eating, drinking and other restrictions.
To observe the High Holy Days and holiday period before Kol Nidrei and after the Yom Kippur fast, many Jewish specialties are made. But there are a few staples that usually make their way onto the table. Try a honey cake or noodle kugel.