“May You Be Sealed for a Good Year (in the Book of Life).”
From Gerchick Real Estate
What is the significance of Yom Kippur?
For Jews, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which falls 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, is the culmination of the entire High Holy Day drama. This day marks tbe final opportunity of the year to repent of sins. It is the holiest day of the Jewish year or, as the Bible describes it, the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”.
During the twenty-four hour period of Yom Kippur, Jews fulfill this biblical commandment to deny themselves by fasting from food and water, engaging in intense soul-searching, and praying for forgiveness. From the evening of the holiday until sundown the following day (except for the few hours when they go home to sleep), Jews are in the synagogue beseeching God for forgiveness and reflecting upon the course of their lives. An entirely different synagogue liturgy is used every year only on this day.
Fasting on Yom Kippur is a physical act meant to prod all to spiritual matters. It is a reminder of the frailty of human existence and the duty to act charitably toward the less fortunate.
Yom Kippur is a day of inner purification and of reconciliation with God and fellow human beings. Judaism insists, however, that repenting, fasting and praying atone only for those sins between man and God. Those sins committed against fellow man require seeking forgiveness personally from those that have been offended as well as from God.