Jews the world over will repair to synagogues at sundown today to begin a day of fasting and prayer.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year. It is on this day that, according to the Hebrew tradition, the fate of every Jew for the ensuing year is immutably sealed in the Book of Judgment.
Kol Nidre, one of the most mournful and beautiful prayers of the entire Jewish liturgy, will be sung tonight. The services tomorrow has four parts including the afternoon Mussaf describing the rites in ancient Jerusalem and the closing service marking the final sealing of the Book of Life.
Prayer on Yom Kippur, according to tradition, brings forgiveness for sins between man and man, but only reconciliation can bring about forgiveness between man and God.
Where Jews for physical reasons cannot attend their synagogues for