Photo: “Slichot” Prayer by Mark Neyman for Government Press Office / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Yom Kippur  2018 begins at sundown on Tuesday, September 18.  This is the holiest day of the year for our Jewish brothers and sisters.  It is often called a day of atonement and reconciliation.  Jewish people refrain from work and fast (no eating or drinking) for the entire day, spending most of the day in prayer.   It is strictly observed.   Yom Kippur ends the 10 days of reflection and repentance (the days of awe) which began with the feast of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). 

Let us remember our Jewish brothers and sisters and join them in prayer.   We pray for an end to the tensions in the middle east and we ask God for forgiveness for the times when our choices or those of our culture / country have been anti-Semitic.