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Yom Kippur 2020 will see many Jewish people seek atonement and purification. The holiday concludes 10 days of repentance and follows on from Rosh Hashanah which begins tomorrow. People must observe the holiday at a set time, however, with specific prohibitions.
When is Shabbat this year?
The sombre period of Yom Kippur begins on the 10th day of the lunar month Tishri on the Hebrew calendar.
The 10 days of atonement begin with feasting on Rosh Hashanah on September 18.
Yom Kippur, known as Shabbat Shabbaton in the Torah, starts on the evening of September 27.
What time is sundown on September 27?
Jewish people start observing the holiday – which lasts for 25 hours – at sundown on the day.
Sundown on September 27 starts at 6.46pm in the UK this year.
Yom Kippur then ends on September 28 at roughly 7.46pm.
Yom Kippur falls on the following dates in years to come:
- 2021: Sundown on September 15 to nightfall on September 16
- 2022: Sundown on October 4 to nightfall on October 5
- 2023: Sundown on September 24 to nightfall on September 25
- 2024: Sundown on October 11 to nightfall on October 12
- 2025: Sundown on October 1 to nightfall on October 2
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Yom Kippur prohibits some behaviours and activities over the 25 hours of observation.
Primarily, they have to refrain from work prohibited on Shabbat and five more behaviours.
Fasting means Jewish people cannot eat or drink, bathe, anoint themselves with oil, wear leather shoes or have sex.
Observers also participate in five synagogue services during the holiday.
People will greet one another with different phrases during Yom Kippur.
The traditional greeting is “G’mar Hatima Tova”, which translates to “May you be sealed in the Book of Life”.
People may also shorten this to “G’mar Tov” if they choose, which means the same thing.
They can also say “Good Yuntif,” or “Yom Tov”, which mean “have a good holy day” in Yiddish and Hebrew.
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