“And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation unto you; and you shall afflict your souls and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.” (Lev. 23:26-27)
On Yom Kippur, most Jews observe a full 25-hour fast, neither eating nor drinking from before sunset until after dark the next day. No work whatsoever is done, and many spend the day praying in synagogue.
Judaism teaches that on this day, God seals the Book of Life with the names of those who will live throughout the coming year. A traditional greeting is g’mar chatima tova, “May you be inscribed for a good year.”
Finally at nightfall, a long blast of the shofar – called tekiah gadola in Hebrew – brings the Day of Atonement to a close.
Israelis who believe Jesus (Yeshua) is the promised Jewish Messiah also observe Yom Kippur, asking the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to reveal His wondrous plan of salvation, as foretold by the Jewish prophets, to His covenant people.
“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah – not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.