By Emma Jacobs - Jsoc Member
Yom Kippur (day of atonement) is a 25 hour fast, 10 days after Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).
It is an opportunity for Jews to ask for forgiveness (traditional one asks up to three times and if forgiveness is not granted they are deemed forgiven) and atone for their sins before god ‘closes the book of life’ deciding everyone’s fate for the coming year.
For progressive Jews it is a good chance to ‘check ourselves’; to realign our moral compasses, to remind ourselves of the Jewish (and general) philosophies we live by and ask if we’ve been the best humans we could have been this year.
It’s an important time to acknowledge our faults both as humans and as a collective Jewish people and to work on bettering ourselves in the year(s) to come.