Yom Kippur – 5779


My Heart is for Israel

The Day of Atonement

In this post, we take a break from the series on Eliyahu to observe the second of the fall Jewish feasts of Yom Kippur.

In 2018, Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement begins at sundown on September 18th. The Tanakh says that the blood of the sacrifice is given to make atonement. The Hebrew words translated as “atonement” in English are Kippur (noun) and Kaspar (verb). The root occurs about 150 times in the Tanakh and is intimately linked with forgiveness of sin and with reconciliation to God. What does “atonement” mean?

Atonement means making amends, blotting out the offense, and giving satisfaction for wrong done; thus reconciling to oneself the alienated other and restoring the disrupted relationship.

Vayikra (Leviticus) 16 provides detailed instructions for a unique sacrifice to be offered once a year, on the tenth day of the seventh month…

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