Finding a worker's meaning for Yom Kippur in a 1931 Jewish Polish newspaper | Opinion
Until this year, I never thought of the Jewish High Holidays as worker holidays.
The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, which starts at sundown on Wednesday, are called the Days of Awe. It is said in tradition that during this time, the skies are open and so is the Book of Life, which sets out what our next year be like. In the hopes of being inscribed for a good year, Jews ask forgiveness from our peers for misdeeds. Then, on Yom Kippur, when the book is symbolically sealed, observant Jews fast and pray to atone for their trespasses against God.
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