What is Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, marks the end of the 10 Days of Repentance. On Yom Kippur, Jewish people atone for their sins from the past year through reflection, prayer and repentance.
When is Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur falls on the 10th of the Jewish month of Tishrei, ten days after Rosh Hashanah. Celebrated on a different day each year, Yom Kippur falls on September 26 in 2012.
What do people do on Yom Kippur?
The three components of Yom Kippur are teshuvah (repentance), prayer and fasting. After repentance, Jews spend most of the day in Synagogue, praying and participating in the Yom Kippur service, which lasts from morning until nightfall. Fasting on Yom Kippur lasts 25 hours, beginning at sunset the night before and ending at sunset the night of Yom Kippur. The fast includes abstaining from eating, drinking, bathing, sexual activity and wearing leather shoes.
Sources: timeanddate.com, history.com, judaism.about.com