Yom Kippur 2020 will see many Jewish people seek atonement and purification. The holiday concludes 10 days of repentance and follows on from Rosh Hashanah which begins tomorrow. People must observe the holiday at a set time, however, with specific prohibitions.
When is Shabbat this year?
The sombre period of Yom Kippur begins on the 10th day of the lunar month Tishri on the Hebrew calendar.
The 10 days of atonement begin with feasting on Rosh Hashanah on September 18.
Yom Kippur, known as Shabbat Shabbaton in the Torah, starts on the evening of September 27.
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Yom Kippur prohibits some behaviours and activities over the 25 hours of observation.
Primarily, they have to refrain from work prohibited on Shabbat and five more behaviours.
Fasting means Jewish people cannot eat or drink, bathe, anoint themselves with oil, wear leather shoes or have sex.
Observers also participate in five synagogue services during the holiday.
People will greet one another with different phrases during Yom Kippur.
The traditional greeting is “G’mar Hatima Tova”, which translates to “May you be sealed in the Book of Life”.
People may also shorten this to “G’mar Tov” if they choose, which means the same thing.
They can also say “Good Yuntif,” or “Yom Tov”, which mean “have a good holy day” in Yiddish and Hebrew.