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Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—Most Important Holiday in the Jewish Faith

Falling in the month of Tishrei (September or October in the Gregorian calendar), it marks the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Report by Paula Antolini
September 23, 2015 3:33PM EDT

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Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—Most Important Holiday in the Jewish Faith

Yom Kippur 2015 began in the evening of Tuesday, September 22 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, September 23.

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Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. Falling in the month of Tishrei (September or October in the Gregorian calendar), it marks the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. According to tradition, it is on Yom Kippur that God decides each person’s fate, so Jews are encouraged to make amends and ask forgiveness for sins committed during the past year. The holiday is observed with a 25-hour fast and a special religious service. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah are known as Judaism’s “High Holy Days.”

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