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Topic: Yom Kippur, Definition

Gina Kipper from Athens, OH wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

What exactly is Yom Kippur and is "it" a person?

Dear Gina Kipper,

No, Yom Kippur is not a person! Yom Kippur means "the Day of Atonement." It is a Jewish Holiday of complete fasting (even from water) and introspection. It is actually a happy day, with festive meals before and after. We are happy because G-d promises to forgives our sins on this day, if we truly resolve to be better. (See Levicticus 23:26-32)

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