Day of Atonement

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Day Of Atonement
Kristen Ross

From sundown Sunday until sundown Monday the Jewish world observes its holiest day, Yom Kippur. The holiday represents atonement with God, and gives Jews the opportunity to examine their relationships with others and themselves.

"One takes an inventory of one's sins and this is the time one tries to make right with God, turn one's life around, realize one's failings, and begin to go forward in changing one's life and repairing it," said Rabbi Peter Tarlow of the Hillel Foundation.

The Rabbi believes the holiday teaches several important concepts."First, all of us have errors, no one is perfect. Secondly, just as we beg for forgiveness we also have to be willing to grant forgiveness to fellow men and women, you can't hold onto grudges. Thirdly, we have to be able to see a way of where our errors are, where do we need to correct them. How do we need to fix ourselves for the New Year."

Yom Kippur is not an easy day. It is demanding physically and spiritually on the Jewish Community. Traditionally, Jews fast during the holiday. During the fast one does not eat, drink, wash, have sexual relations, or wear leather shoes. Instead, time is taken to contemplate and to pray.

"In the Jewish world it's a two way street, man is accountable to God and God is accountable to humanity, and in both cases it's understood that if people do their job then God is expected to do His job," said Tarlow.

Services will be held Monday at the Hillel Foundation from 10 am till sundown.