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Yom Kippur is the most somber of all the Jewish holidays. It is called the Day of Atonement, on which Jews ask Yahweh for forgiveness for all of their sins of the past year. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. On the Western Calendar for 2014, this is October 3.

Jews typically fast on Yom Kippur and attend special ceremonies at their local synagogue. During these ceremonies, Jewish people will confess their sins to Yahweh and ask for forgiveness. This is where the day gets its name.

Yom Kippur is also day on which Jews who celebrate it do not work or wash or wear perfume or put on leather shoes.

Yom Kippur is the end of the High Holy Days, which began with Rosh Hashanah. After such a serious day, Jews look forward to the next festival, Sukkot, which is just five days later.

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