Incorporate These Yom Kippur Prayers Into Your Celebration This Year

Kelsey Hurwitz
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From Woman's Day

Yom Kippur is one of the most important Jewish Holidays of the year. It is called the Day of Atonement, and it is a time of prayer, reflection, and repentance for Jews. This year, Yom Kippur begins on September 27. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, many Jews may be looking for alternative ways to celebrate Yom Kippur that don't involve going to a synagogue. If you don't feel safe attending temple services this Yom Kippur, don't feel pressure to attend. There are Yom Kippur prayers you can say while staying safe at home that will allow you to participate in the important holiday and guide you through the process of focused prayer and self reflection that the holiday emphasizes. If you're wanting to celebrate Yom Kippur from home this year, consider centering your at-home service around these Yom Kippur prayers.

Blessing over the challah

Often before Yom Kippur officially begins at sundown, it's customary to eat a large meal called a seudat mafseket. Oftentimes including challah, a Jewish bread, with this meal is common, and before enjoying the challah you'll say the hamotzi.

Photo credit: Reform Judaism
Photo credit: Reform Judaism

In English: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech haolam, hamotzi lechem min haaretz.

Blessing over the candles

When it comes time to light the candles, you can say the customary blessing over the candles that has been changed slightly for the holiday.

Photo credit: Reform Judaism
Photo credit: Reform Judaism

In English: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech haolam asher kid'shanu
b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik neir shel [shabbat v']yom hakippurim.

For more Yom Kippur prayers, you can find a Mahzor, or High Holiday prayer book, online to follow along with at home.

To those celebrating Yom Kippur this year, we wish you an easy fast and yom tov.

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