Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
“Le shanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim”
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on September 18th and ends at nightfall on September 20th, 2020. The New Year is ushered in according to Leviticus 23, with the sounding of the Shofar, calling Jews to seek God’s forgiveness, reflecting on Him and His desire for mankind; hoping for a sweet and happy new year, an apple dipped in honey, is consumed with joy!
Beginning on September 27, at sunset and ending on the 28th the holiest day of the year, for Jews everywhere, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is marked.
Yom Kippur is a time of fasting and deep reflection, praying for forgiveness of sins, and determining to repent and make amends for deeds unpleasing to God, again as Leviticus 23 calls for. “The Mishnah (Yoma VIII, 9) tells us that ‘when a person says I shall sin and Yom Kippur will procure forgiveness, Yom Kippur will not procure forgiveness.’ Furthermore, ‘it is only for the transgressions against God that Yom Kippur atones, but as for transgressions against our neighbor, there can be no atonement until we have first righted any wrongs we may have committed.”[i]
The ten days in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe; during this time, a time of repentance and atonement.
Though this brings additional challenges, never-the-less; may you be written and sealed for a good year!
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