Most Sacred Day

Nikita, Journalist

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October 5, 2018

Jewish people visiting the Western Wall in East Jerusalem during the sacred holiday, Yom Kippur. (Menahem Kahana)-photographer based in Jerusalem

During the seventh month(Tishrei) of the Gregorian calendar-which usually falls under the months of September/October-Jewish people observe what they believe is the most important holiday in their faith. Yom kippur is believed to be the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”. Sabbath is a day of religious observance for jewish people in which they refrain from going to work or school in order to participate in religious activities. Yom Kippur is so important because its considered the day that God judges everybody and decides the fate of their life. Therefore, jewish people use Yom Kippur, as well as the days leading up to it; to pray, do good deeds, and reflect upon themselves and their past. Able adults fast from sundown before Yom Kippur, till nightfall the next day. This is done in order to cleanse the body and spirit. Jewish people are also restricted from bathing, using cosmetic products, wearing leather shoes, and having sexual relations. This helps create a disconnect from materialistic items or superficial feelings that may distract worshippers from cleansing their mind and body. It is a time to reflect on your past mistakes, and an opportunity to seek repentance from those you may have done wrong to. During these 10 days which follow Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), it is believed that your fate is established so it is utmost important to devote yourself to doing good deeds and getting closer to God.