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Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement and More in 2020

September 27, 2020

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is one of two Jewish High Holy Days. It follows 10 days after the first High Holy Day, Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), on the 10th of Tishri, the Hebrew month corresponding to September-October on the secular calendar. The purpose of Yom Kippur is to bring about reconciliation between people and between individuals and God. Ariela Pelaia notes that this solemn occasion is also the day when God decides the fate of each human being, according to Jewish tradition. The observance of Yom Kippur involves three elements: Teshuvah (Repentance), Prayer, and Fasting.

This year, 2020, The Return, a national and global event occurred on the Mall of the Nation’s Capital in Washington, DC on September 26, the day before Yom Kippur. This event brought 50,000 people together and called for national repentance, prayer, and celebration, marking 40 days before elections on November 3rd. Most remarkably, Yom Kippur 2020 begins on the evening of Sunday, September 27, and ends in the evening on Monday, September 28.

The ten days preceding Yom Kippur are known as the Ten Days of Repentance. As the longest Jewish observance, the service on Yom Kippur begins in the morning and lasts until nightfall. Many prayers are said but one is repeated at intervals throughout the service. Known as Al Khet, this prayer asks for forgiveness for sins that may have been committed during the year. According to Jewish tradition, only offenses committed against God can be forgiven on Yom Kippur. It is thus important that people try to reconcile with others before participating in Yom Kippur services. During this period, Jews are encouraged to seek out anyone whom they may have offended and request forgiveness to begin the New Year with a clean slate.

Colossians 2:16-17 offers this reminder:

Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a sabbath day.
These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.

As Christians, we may not commemorate Yom Kippur and any of the other holy days in the Jewish tradition, but we can certainly learn and grow in our understanding of their significance. We recognize that whatever things were written before time in the Old Testament, were written for our learning. Certainly, as followers of Christ, we can increase our knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures and our appreciation of our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, whose presence is foreshadowed in the Old Testament and revealed throughout the New.

Here is a crafted Christian Prayer for a Jewish Holy Day

Almighty God—our Father—from everlasting to everlasting you are the same—our Father, the Father of Glory, the Father of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last, the author and finisher of our Faith, we praise you and honor you as we humble ourselves before you on Yom Kippur, a solemn fast day, the Day of Atonement, to make atonement before the LORD our God.

God, our Father, the only-wise God, our creator, our maker, who fashioned all things after your will, you have made us and you know us: you know our down-sitting and our uprising; you understand our thoughts from afar. You have searched us and known us, and you are acquainted with all our ways. Despite all of our shortcomings and misdeeds, our sins of omission and sins of commission, you are patient and merciful. Thank you that you have not dealt with us after my sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. We praise you that you are forgiving and understanding. We thank you that you forgive us of our sins, even as we forgive those who have sinned against us. We praise you for Jesus Christ, the expression of your love, and your desire that we might be reconciled to you again. He shed His life’s blood upon the altar to make atonement for our souls, for the life of the flesh is in the blood and the precious blood of Jesus, the Savior, who makes atonement for our souls. By his shed blood, we are made one with you, even as Jesus Christ prayed that we might be one with you, even as you and your son were one. We thank you that we are one in you through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

We also declare this Manifesto to Remember

Even though we did not know
We had positioned ourselves in submission
To that good and acceptable and perfect will of God,
Even as Jehovah God had aligned our lives that we might be
In this appointed place at this anointed time on Yom Kippur,
As we end the year, in a solemn reflective way
As the former things have passed away
We behold that indeed, the Lord God in His grace makes all things new,
So, we begin the New Year, as we declare this manifesto
Never to forget but ever remember
In 2020 on the 27th of September.

Tommy Walker reinforces this message with “We Will Remember”