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Yom Kippur is probably the most significant holiday of the Jewish year Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work fast and attend synagogue services on this holy day Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishrai The name Yom Kippur means Day of Atonement and that pretty much explains what the holiday is It is a day set aside to afflict the soul to atone for the sins of the past year One can look at it that there are books and God inscribes all of our names in them On Yom Kippur the judgment entered in these books is sealed This day is essentially your last appeal your last chance to change the judgment to demonstrate your repentance and make amends Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and G-d not for sins against another person To atone for sins against another person you must first seek reconciliation with that person righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible That must all be done before Yom Kippur Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath no work can be performed on that day It is well-known that you are supposed to refrain from eating and drinking on Yom Kippur It is a complete 25-hour fast beginning before sunset on the evening before Yom Kippur and ending after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur The Talmud also specifies additional restrictions that are less well-known washing and bathing anointing ones body with cosmetics deodorants etc wearing leather shoes Orthodox Jews routinely wear canvas sneakers under their dress clothes on Yom Kippur and engaging in sexual relations are all prohibited on Yom Kippur As always any of these restrictions can be lifted where a threat to life or health is involved In fact children under the age
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