Yom Kippur Prayers

September 18, 2010 by staff 

Yom Kippur Prayers, Jews celebrated the start of Yom Kippur – widely considered the most important of all Jewish holidays – and the holding of the High Holy Days.

On September 8, the period of 10 days began with Rosh Hashanah.

While that day is the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur is a day for introspection and atonement.

“It’s interesting,” said Arava Talve, B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert. “In fact, start a new year and 10 days later to make atonement.”

Yom Kippur is a time for Jews to repent of sins done in the past year, he said. People celebrate the holiday – which lasts until sunset today – quickly and spend much of their day in prayer in the synagogue or other place of worship.

“Of course young children, the elderly and those who need to take medication are encouraged to have food and water, when needed,” said Rabbi Sally Olins Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs. “For Yom Kippur, fasting represents atonement. It is a day we can say that we are willing to change for the better and follow through with it.”

This year is special for Bob Fey of Palm Springs, who serves as president of the congregation for the Temple Isaiah, and has been a member for 63 years.

“My grandson, who is 3, Yom Kippur is celebrated in this temple this year,” he said. “Five generations of my family who have been held in this temple Yom Kippur? I still remember my grandfather sitting in the front row in 1956.

“For me, Yom Kippur is about family. Our personal families, but also our family in the temple,” he said.

To Pearl White, 94, of Palm Springs, which has been a member of Temple Isaiah in 1977, the ceremony is especially moving.

“I love the prayer spoken on Yom Kippur.’re Beautiful. They are serene,” he said. “For me, Yom Kippur is to belong to, and celebrating with a community.”

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