Yom Kippur is, in short, the holiest day of the year in Jewish religion and culture. It is also referred to as the “Day of Atonement,” and the tradition is to solemnly fast for repentance and atonement of sins.
Yom Kippur marks the end of the annual High Holy Day period (Sept. 16 to Sept. 26 in 2012), which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
As part of its ongoing motto to ‘make Judaism accessible and enjoyable to all,’ the Chabad Jewish Center will have traditional services at Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire St., Mansfield. Services are geared for secular, traditional, undecided or whatever type of Jew you are. No prior experience, membership or background is necessary for the services and they cater to Orthodox, Reform, Conservative or any Jew that moves.
Hebrew and English prayer books are used, interspersed with interesting explanations and insights. You are sure to find these Services to be user-friendly and exciting. A simultaneous children's program will ensure that the entire family will experience a positive and meaningful High Holiday experience.
“In these tough economic times, lack of funds or knowledge should not impede one’s ability to join in the service,” said Yossi Kivman, Rabbi at the Chabad Center, which is located at 121 Angell St., Mansfield. “Our goal is that each and every Jew should have a comfortable and meaningful place to pray”
There is no charge for seats. Contributions are appreciated to help support the community.
“I look forward to personally welcoming you to our services,” Kivman said.
To observe Yom Kippur, one should eat and drink festively the day before—once early in the day and once later, before Kol Nidrei synagogue services. Then, for almost 25 hours, the day is spent in the synagogue without eating, drinking and other restrictions.
After the fast, another festive feast, or a yom tov, is customary.
To observe the High Holy Days and holiday period before Kol Nidrei and after the Yom Kippur fast, many Jewish specialties are made. But there are a few staples that usually make their way onto the table. Try a honey cake, noodle kugel or brisket.