Tuesday, February 27

When is Yom Kippur 2022? What is the Jewish holiday? what to know

  • Yom Kippur, an important Jewish holiday, is approaching.
  • Also known as the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur offers a time for Jews to reflect on sins or wrongdoings.
  • Some Jews fast for the holiday, not eating or drinking for 25 hours.

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, is approaching.

The name of the holiday translates from Hebrew to English as the Day of Atonement, and Jewish people may spend the day fasting, attending synagogue or observing the holiday in other ways. It follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

“Spiritually, they say on Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed, the idea being that everything that’s going to happen in the year to come, the stage is set during this time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,” Danielle Kranjec, associate vice president of Jewish education at Hillel International, told USA TODAY.

But what is Yom Kippur? When is it this year? Here’s what you need to know.

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What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is when Jews reflect on sins or wrongdoings from the previous year. Many Jews will attend services at synagogues or other congregations, reciting special prayers and singing special songs.


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