Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Jewish religion and culture. It is also referred to as the “Day of Atonement,” and the tradition is to solemnly fast for repentance and atonement of sins.
Yom Kippur marks the end of the annual High Holy Day period (Sept. 16 to Sept. 26 in 2012), which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
On Sept. 25, observation will begin at sunset.
Yom Kippur falls annually on the 10th day of Tishrei, a month on the Hebrew calendar, which is nine days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
In San Leandro, Temple Beth Sholom has long been a center of Jewish religion. culture and community.
For East Bay Jews and gentiles alike, one of the best places to learn about Yom Kippur and its fasting rituals is from the blog of "Coffee Shop Rabbi" Ruth Adar. She writes:
For observant Jews on Yom Kippur, (fast) means refraining from these five activities for 24 hours:
- Eating & Drinking (yes, including water)
- Anointing (using lotions or cosmetics)
- Wearing leather shoes