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Everything you need to know about Yom Kippur

By Christina Maxouris

Published September 19, 2018

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Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.

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It's a day of fasting and worship, and marks the end of a 10-day period of repentance.

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After leaving Egypt in 1313 BCE, the Jewish people received the Torah from Mount Sinai, hearing the Ten Commandments from God Himself.

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When Moses ascended into the mountain and didn't return within 40 days, the Jewish people thought he was dead. And they wanted a new leader.

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So they chose a golden calf.

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When Moses returned, the people were surprised to see that his face shone from his time in the presence of the Lord.

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The holiday is meant as a time of repentance and atonement.

To observe Yom Kippur, some Jews fast and avoid drinking, leather shoes, creams, lotion, bathing or washing and spousal intimacy.

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*Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify the language in some cards.