Yom Kippur greetings 2018: How do you wish someone a Happy Yom Kippur? | World News

Jewish people around the world are preparing to celebrate Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement.

The holiday starts tomorrow, Tuesday 18 September and takes about 25 hours.

When the religious day begins at sunset tomorrow, Jews will celebrate the day with a period of 25 hours of fast, intensive prayer and spend most of their day in the synagogue.

In Hebrew Yom means "day" and Kippur means "to reconcile" – hence the event is called the Day of Atonement in English.

The central themes of the holy day are reconciliation for personal and national sins, repentance and the fate of each person is sealed for the coming year.

How do you wish someone a Happy Yom Kippur?

To greet someone for Yom Kippur you can say "G & # 39; mar Hatima Tova" which means "may you be sealed in the book of life".

A shorter version of the expression is "G & # 39; mar Tov" which translates into "a good seal".

Those who observe Yom Kippur believe that the Book of Life, which determines the fate of an individual for the coming year, is opened on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and is sealed at the end of Yom Kippur after the period of repentance.

Before the holiday begins, it is also customary to say "Have a meaningful fast."

The holy day is solemn and reflective, so someone wishing a "Happy Yom Kippur" is not customary.

The best greeting to show someone Yom Kippur in English is "quickly taking an easy flight".

For Jewish people who do not fast, but observe Yom Kippur, you say "Good Yuntif" or "Yom Tov" which is Yiddish and Hebrew for "Have a good holy day".

How is Yom Kippur observed?

Yom Kippur is "the tenth day of the seventh month," named Tishrei, and is considered the "Sabbath of the Sabbaths."

The seventh month is a period in which Jews must take stock of their lives, ask for forgiveness from friends and family and prepare for improvement for the coming year.

When Yom Kippur begins, it is forbidden for Jews to eat or drink, to bathe, to anoint the body with oil, to wear leather shoes and to have sexual relations.

During the 25-hour holiday there are also five synagogue services; Kol Nidrei, Shachrit, Musaf, Mincha and Ne'ishah.

A commemoration for those who died this year is also customary and is called a Yizkor service.

The Yom Kippur services contain many recitations from the Vidui (confession), a list of community offenses for which Jews ask for forgiveness.

Traditionally, Jews believe that God decides who will be sealed in the Book of Life (to live another year) after they have judged their actions in the past year.

Others, however, simply use the day as a time to think about what they want to do differently in the coming year.

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