By Yulia Bezrukova, RSJ Jewish Educator and Tanya Zaysteva, N.A RSJ Community Manager
Contributor: Jessica Hermann, Director, Jewish Service Learning
Do you find yourself looking for a meaningful reset, but there is always something important that requires attention and power from you? Are you longing for a deep reflection with values in its core and renewed peace of mind as a result? We are here and we got your back. So much has happened in the last year – both globally and Jewish-ly – and we want to create a space for you to slow down, make a full stop and start again. There is a specific time for this in the Jewish calendar — the holiday of Yom Kippur. This year, Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Wednesday, September 15th and ends at nightfall on Thursday, September 16th, giving us a unique time to process, reflect and move on in the framework of Jewish tradition.
Yom Kippur has many names and meanings behind it: the Day of Atonement, Sabbath of Sabbaths, the Day of Forgiveness and Forgiving. It marks the end of 10 days of repentance started on Rosh Hashanah and gives us a chance to influence what the future holds before the Books of Life and Death are sealed for another year.
We often associate Yom Kippur with the practice of fasting, but there are so many different ways to honor this holiday and find a personal connection with its values. Follow along with our guide to find out more!