On this Sabbath [Friday, September 29, 2017] at sundown begins the Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur. This is the Highest Holy Day on the Jewish calendar. It marks the culmination of the ten "Days of Awe" from Rosh Hashanah [the Jewish New year] to Yom Kippur [the Day of Atonement].
The 10 Days of Awe [days of repentance] are considered the High Holy Days for the Jewish people. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.
From Thought Co web site:
"Although Yom Kippur is an intense, solemn holiday, it is nevertheless viewed as a happy day, since if one has properly observed this holiday, by the end of Yom Kippur they will have made lasting peace with others and with God."
Yom Kippur is a day of reconciliation, when Jews strive to make amends with people and to draw closer to God through prayer and fasting."
Yom Kippur is marked by 25 hours of fasting. There are other fast days in the Jewish calendar, but this is the only one the Torah specifically commands us to observe. Leviticus 23:27 describes it as "afflicting your souls," and during this time no food or liquid may be consumed. The fast starts an hour before Yom Kippur begins and ends after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur."
According to Jewish tradition, it is also the day when God decides the fate of each human being.
The evening service [on September 29] of Yom Kippur is often referred to as the Kol Nidre ("All Vows") service: "These are the first words of a special legal formula that is recited at the beginning of this service and is chanted three times. The first prayer service actually takes place immediately prior to sunset on the evening of Yom Kippur."
It has become traditional for the Kol Nidrei vows to be recited with the accompaniment of the classical music composer Max Bruch's solemn "Kol Nidre" music.
The service on the day of Yom Kippur [Saturday, September 30, 2017] lasts from morning until nightfall.
Shana Tovah said on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and throughout the ten Days of Awe means simply 'a good year' in Hebrew. It is a wish for you to have a good new year.
On the 10th day just before Yom Kippur the phrase Gmar Chatima Tova is said which means "A good final sealing" or "May you be inscribed [in the book of life] for good". It is generally said to also mean "may you have a healthy, peaceful and fulfilling year".
Please enjoy this beautiful rendition of the recitation of the Kol Nidrei, as sung by the great Johnny Mathis.
Johnny Mathis Sings The Kol Nidre:
|B.A. Smith - principal cellist of HSO|
To hear how beautiful the cello sounds playing the Kol Nidre, here is a version for cello and piano.
Max Bruch: Kol Nidre - Cello and piano:
To all Jews I wish an easy fast on this Yom Kippur.