Jews Observe Day Of Atonement

09.25.09 | FL News Team

Jews around the world will mark the start of Yom Kippur at sundown on Sunday. It is a solemn holiday marking the end of ten days of introspection among followers of Judaism. The period of introspection began with the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. In Yom Kippur, Jews cleanse themselves of sins transgressed in the past year. The observance includes a lengthy service remembering loved ones lost. It is written in Jewish text that on Rosh Hashanah, the Book of Life is opened. At the end of Yom Kippur, with sins cleansed, the Book of Life is closed until the next Jewish New Year celebration. Yom Kippur ends at sunset Monday.