This weekend at Chabad we usher in the holiest day of the Jewish year. Last week we celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and this week we are celebrating Yom Kippur which means Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is a time for repentance and atonement, it is a time to atone for the sins of the past year. This is a time to remember what you did wrong, what you do not want to do again in the next year and remembering the people you may have hurt. It is for us to start clean for the upcoming year, where we hope that we wont make the same mistakes. Unlike most Jewish holidays where we have food to represent the Jewish Holiday during Yom Kippur we refrain from eating or drinking for about 26 hours. This is so we become aware of ourselves, becoming more holy during the fast. We also do not wear makeup or really nice clothes, we try to just think about are sins. Like most Jewish holidays we have some form of food, so after the 26 hour fast, we have a big feast. The feast is for us to celebrate getting through the fast, getting to the new year and hoping for a sweet New Year. Yom Kippur may have a 26 hour fast but it is still an amazing holiday to atone and repent for the sins of last year.
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