Yom Kippur is the most important Holy Day of the Jewish year. Yom Kippur occurs on the tenth day of Tishri (Sept.-Oct.). The origin of the celebration is found in Leviticus 23:26-32:
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD. You shall not do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the LORD your God. If there is any person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from His people. As for any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among His people. You shall do no work at all. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. It is to be a Sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall humble your souls; on the ninth of the month at evening, from evening until evening you shall keep your Sabbath.”
Yom Kippur means Day of Atonement (covering), a day to atone for sins of the past year. Yom Kippur atones only for the sins between man and God. Sins that are committed between you and your fellow man must be reconciled before Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur is also a day of fasting. A 25-hour fast (no food or water), and prayer, as well as no work, makes a complete Sabbath. The Holy Day is usually spent at the synagogue or fellowship, in prayer and repentance. It is customary to wear white on this holiday, which symbolizes purity and reminds us of His promise in Isaiah 1:18, that our sins shall be white as snow.
Today, we have the forgiveness of sin through the blood of YESHUA the Messiah, and our name is written in the Book of Life, but the LORD said in Leviticus 23: 1-2, “These are my designated times, which you are to keep. And, in Leviticus 16:29-20, the LORD says, “It is for both the citizen and foreigner a permanent regulation to those living with you.
If we are grafted in ISRAEL, we, as believers in YESHUA should consider and learn more about our Jewish roots. Remember John 14:15, “If you LOVE ME, you will OBEY what I COMMAND.”