Yom Kippor for the Jewish People is the Highest and Holiest and most solemn day of the Year. After 10 days of repentance since Rosh Hashona the New year, Yom Kippor is spent mainly in intense prayer in the synagogue and fasting for 25 hours. The solemn song Kol Nidre is sung on the night of Yom Kippor.
Here is one of my childhood favourite singer’s Al Jolson singing Kol Nidre.
Each Jewish person confesses their sins to G-d directly any wrongs doings against G-d or other persons, prostrates themselves and taps their heart chakra. On this day G-d’s inscription for each person’s fate in the Book of Life for the coming year was inscribed at Yom Kippor and that verdict is now “sealed.”
There are five prayer services throughout the day. Jews wear white as a symbol of purity. Orthodox men take ritual baths in preparation. At the end of the days prayers the ancient Ram’s horn or shofar is blown which concludes the fast. Thi ssprings from the Era of Aries the ram, astrologically and astronomically 4,000-6,000 years ago.
At the end of the days prayers the song Avinu Malkeinu is sung, here is Barabara Streisand singing it in Hebrew.
This is a good ritual. My take on all organized religions these days is to be totally open to all of them as each carries truth. All is ONE at heart, so join in with the Hindus, the Jews, the Christians, the Muslinm, the Chines, the Indigenous peoples. So one this day one can join in on the Jewish people asking for your own personal repentence. Complete fasting, no drinking either. No work, sex is abstained from, no wearing of leather shoes as well, no driving or handling of money until after sundown.
All former promises are revoked the slate is wiped clean. New intentions are made, G-d forgives your sins. Clean slate for a whole new year.
Also there will be services on wall street at the occupation. Jewish leaders are stressing the integrity of helping others not only the Jewish tradition. This is a good thing.
If only people’s personal debts and the National debt could be wiped out annually too. Tranditionally any debt carried for 7 years was forgiven. Can’t we just decide that it is so?