The story that will change the way you pray to God

by Chaya Cikk

This is a beautiful story of how a man needed to pray to God to feel a connection. This happened on the Day of Atonement, a special day of the Jewish year. A day where we ask God for forgiveness and repent.

Pray To God

We pray to God on Yom Kippur asking for forgiveness, atonement, and repentance. This is one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar. A day where many people spend all day in the Synagogue praying.

The services on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement are slightly different from that of a normal day. At night, we start with the prayer service called Kol Nidrei. Where we annul all vows that were made in the last year. The day services are called Shacharit, where are continue to ask for forgiveness for all things that we have done in the last year. This is followed by an additional prayer service called Mussaf. Here, we read about the services that took place during the time of the Temple on this day.

Furthermore, in the afternoon there is Mincha, where we read the book of Jonah. To remind us that no one is beyond the reach of God. Also, as God spared the people in the city of Ninveh, so too He should spare us from an evil decree.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement comes 10 days after the New Year, Rosh Hashana. A day that has many laws, the main one is that there is no eating and drinking. We refrain from wearing leather shoes, we do not bathe or wash or use lotions or creams.

This is a day that is written in the Bible. Leviticus 16:29 -30 “And it shall be a statute for ever unto you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and shall do no manner of work, the home-born, or the stranger that sojourneth among you. For on this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins shall ye be clean before the LORD

Finally, we wish that everyone is sealed in the Book of Life. May everyone have a good, happy, healthy sweet new year!

Martin Sherman - Bennett
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