Yom Kippur 2012 September 26th
Yom Kippur is Jewish religious festival that starts at sunset on the evening of the 10th day of their civil new year (Tishrei 10).
Ten days after the start of Rosh Hashanah comes Yom Kippur. Jews all over the world do not eat or drink for 24 hours. Yom Kippur is a day for thoughts and prayers generally at the synagogue. All adults are required to fast. Boys and girls before their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs are not required to fast. People that are too ill to fast are also not required to fast.
After the Yom Kippur services the fast is broken by having breakfast. Now the real party begins with the breaking of the fast. It is tradition to celebrate this with a hearty spread of food that may include, for example, challah, [a bread] pickled and smoked fishes and bagels with cream cheese.
Round challots [bread] are made with honey and raisins. These are another symbol of a sweet and happy year. We put decorations on the Challot, such as birds which symbolise doves of peace.
A shofar is a horn, traditionally that of a ram, which is used for Jewish religious purposes. Shofar blowing is incorporated in synagogue services at Yom Kippur.
Origin of Yom Kippur
On the 10th of Tishrei, "God restored His goodwill with the Jewish people gladly and wholeheartedly, saying to Moses 'I have forgiven, as you ask', and gave him the Second Tablets". This was forgiveness for people of Israel betraying their new covenant with God by worshipping a Golden Calf. Thus Yom Kippur was established that as a day of atonement or forgiveness.
See more about Rosh Hashanah which is 10 days befor Rosh Hashanah and establishes the start of the civil Jewish year.
Here are the coinciding secular dates
18th - 19th
1) When to Call For a Priest
Joshua is on his death bed late one night with the wind howling and the rain beating down fiercely.
His wife Rachel comes in and asks if she can do anything for him.
Joshua replies, 'There is one thing. Call a priest.'
'No I mean a priest. Why send the Rabbi out so late on such a night?'
2) A Priest and a Rabbi
Rabbi Shimon Ben Gamliel explains Yom Kippur, the solemn Day of Atonement, a day of fasting and penitence, while the Father John tells him all about Lent, and its 40 days of self-denial and absolution from sins.
After the discussion ends, the rabbi goes home to tell his wife, Deborah, about the conversation, and they discuss the merits of Lent versus Yom Kippur.
Deborah turns her head and laughs.
Deborah's response, '40 days of Lent - one day of Yom Kippur...so, even when it comes to sin, the goyyim* pay retail.....'
*Goyyim is a term for a gentile or non-Jew.
3) Save Me Lord
A row boat comes by to rescue him; he refuses it because he waits for his God to save him. As the waters rise Greenbaum climbs higher and higher up his house, refusing each successive boat that comes by.
Finally he drowns and goes to heaven. He complains bitterly to the Lord
that he was such a good Jew and yet the Lord had forsaken him
4) The Synagogue
Rick pleads, 'Look, I just want to give a message to Morris in there.'
The man at the door says, 'Sorry sir, you've got to have a ticket.'
'Alright,' says the man at the door, 'but I better not catch you praying.'
5) The Rabbi Has a Heart Attack
He says, 'Rabbi, the board just voted 12 to 8 to wish you a speedy recovery.'
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