Tifereth Israel Synagogue honors Yom Kippur, a day of repentance, forgiveness, and joy

Although Yom Kippur is the most solemn day of the year, it is suffused with an undercurrent of joy. It is the joy of being immersed in the spirituality of the day and expresses confidence that God will accept our repentance, forgive our sins, and seal our verdict for a year of life, health and happiness.

Joshua Dorsch, Rabbi with the Tifereth Israel Synagogue visited the studio on Tuesday to talk more about the holiday and how the community is honoring it.

Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement,” as the verse states, “For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before God.”

Like Shabbat, no work is to be done, and special holiday candles are lit before the onset of the holy day. The day is spent in the synagogue, where the Tifereth Israel Synagogue will hold five prayer services: Maariv, with its solemn Kol Nidrei service, on the eve of Yom Kippur; Shacharit, the morning prayer, which includes a reading from Leviticus followed by the Yizkor memorial service; Musaf, which includes a detailed account of the Yom Kippur Temple service; Minchah, which includes the reading of the Book of Jonah; Neilah, the “closing of the gates” service at sunset, followed by the shofar blast marking the end of the fast.

Beyond specific actions, Yom Kippur is dedicated to introspection, prayer and asking God for forgiveness. We are all human, and we occasionally slip. Is there anyone you may have offended or otherwise hurt? Go ahead and ask for their forgiveness. Are you carrying any grudges? Now is the time to sincerely and wholeheartedly let them go.

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