Because it is traditional to recite Kol Nidrei three times , some Sephardic communities and even some Ashkenazic communities (especially in Israel) make a point of reciting both versions (usually referring to the previous Yom Kippur in the first two iterations and the next Yom Kippur in the third).
A fast day lasting 25 hours, the festival begins at sundown with what is known as Kol Nidre and ends the following evening. In 2020, Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 27, and ends the following evening. Yom Kippur in Israel is an unusual, but interesting experience.
The best greeting to give to someone observing Yom Kippur in English is “have an easy fast.” For those who are not fasting, but are observing the Yom Kippur , you can wish them a “Good Yuntif,” or “ Yom Tov,” which are Yiddish and Hebrew, respectively, for “Have a good holy day.”
And when Kol Nidre is complete, Jews across the world will break their fast with a festive meal. But not before they say the Kiddush , the blessing over the wine. No ceremony can be performed and no meal can be served without first saying the Kiddush .
Kol Nidre , (Aramaic: “All Vows”), a prayer sung in Jewish synagogues at the beginning of the service on the eve of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). The name, derived from the opening words, also designates the melody to which the prayer is traditionally chanted.
It is not permitted to brush teeth , rinse out your mouth or shower and bathe on Yom Kippur .
When the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday, Sept. 18, so will traditional fasting. Those observing will commence their 25-hour fast until nightfall on Wednesday, all forms of sustenance are prohibited, including water . Not just a glass of water but the water you use to brush your teeth.
Yom Kippur (/ˌjɒm kɪˈpʊər, ˌjɔːm ˈkɪpər, ˌjoʊm-/; Hebrew: יוֹם כִּיפּוּר, IPA: [ˈjom kiˈpuʁ], or Hebrew: יום הכיפורים, romanized: Yom HaKippurim), also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance.
The traditional Yom Kippur greeting “G’mar chatima tova” is the customary greeting on Yom Kippur . In English, it means “May you be sealed in the Book of Life.” According to Jewish tradition, one’s fate is decided on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur .
Yom Kippur is considered the “Sabbath of all Sabbaths” because, not only is it a day of complete rest (no work, no driving, etc.) but it’s a day of fasting and other restrictions: no washing or bathing, no perfumes or deodorants, no wearing leather shoes, and no sex.
The Book of Jonah , recited on Yom Kippur afternoon when the verdict of the Heavenly Court is drawing near, encourages that effort with the assurance that success is possible.
Those observing Rosh Hashanah often greet one another with the Hebrew phrase, “ shana tova ” or “l’ shana tova ,” meaning “good year” or “for a good year.” According to History.com, this is a “shortened version of the Rosh Hashanah salutation ‘L’ shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem’ (‘May you be inscribed and sealed for a good
Every year at sundown preceding the start of Yom Kippur and at sundown preceding the last day of the holidays of Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot. These are times when the Yizkor Memorial Prayer Service usually occurs in synagogues.
On Rosh Hashanah, the night Kiddush is similar to that of the other festivals. On Yom Kippur , being a fast day, no kiddush is recited, even by one who will be eating, and even on Shabbat, although some do require one who needs to eat a considerable amount of food for health reasons to recite Kiddush .