Archived Teachings

YOM KIPPUR

 The Day of Atonement

 

Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement.

It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls,

and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord” (Leviticus 23:27 NKJV)

 

            “Yom Kippur”, literally the “Day of Atonement”, is considered the highest Holy day of the Biblical year. This was the one day each year when the High Priest would enter the most sanctified place in the Tabernacle – the Holy of Holies. All the sins of God’s people were carried by the High Priest before the Ark of the Covenant, called the “Mercy Seat of God”. Once inside he would atone for sin by placing blood upon the Ark of the Covenant and calling out in the Name of the Most High God! The High Priest made atonement by confession, by blood and in the Name of the Lord. This is Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement for sin, by the High Priest.

            Yom Kippur is commemorated as a solemn day of fasting and prayer, repentance and forgiveness, and atonement by blood. In Hebraic thought, your future is not contingent upon your past. Therefore, at Yom Kippur, repentance is made for future sins of the upcoming year, not past sins. When the temptation to sin presents itself to you, the prayers of repentance from Yom Kippur go before you and help you resist the sin. You literally experience God going before you to defeat sin in your life.

 

(Source: Rabbi R. Messer)

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