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Published: Saturday, 9/30/2006

Jew to observe Day of Atonement


Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be observed starting at sundown tomorrow, concluding the Jewish High Holy Days.

The holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, begins with the recitation of the Kol Nidre, or All Vows Prayer, tomorrow night. Yom Kippur, a day devoted to prayer and meditation, is the only fast day that is never postponed for the Sabbath.

The tone of the holiday is taken from the passage in Leviticus 16:30-31, which says, "You must deny yourselves and not do any work ... for on this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins before Adonai you shall be cleansed."

The seven-day holiday of Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles, commemorating God's blessing on the Israelites when Moses led them on a 40-year trek through the desert, begins Oct. 7.

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