Yom Kippur begins at sunset Monday will mark the end of the Jewish High Holy Days after it began with Rosh Hashana 10 days ago.
Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement, or more correctly Yom ha-Kippurim (Leviticus 16) dates back to Jewish antiquity almost 4,000 years to the time of Moses. Originally, on one day of the year the high priest would enter into the innermost part of the Tabernacle
In the Jewish calendar, the most sacred time is the 10-day period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, also called the Days of Awe, it is a time when Jews ask forgiveness for their sins and the sins of their community, from one another and from God.
The words Rosh Hashanah literally translate to head of the year marks the beginning of a time of self reflection and a time of focusing of the spiritual needs.
Yom Kippur literally translates to the day of forgiveness.