Known as the day of atonement, Yom Kippur is considered the most important holiest day of the year in the Jewish faith. It is observed on the 10th day of the lunar month of Tishri (Tishri falls during the month of September or October) and lasts until the nightfall of the following day. The day is traditionally spent by the Jews fasting and praying to God for forgiveness and a good year. It is that time of the year when the Jews commit to self-reflection and inner change and pledge to each other and to God about being one’s best self.
Like any other night of the Jewish year, where you’ll hardly see any tallit or Jewish prayer shawl worn by the Jews, Yom Kippur finds every Jews wrapped in their tallit. It is the only night of the year where you will see tallit coming out of the storage (from small tallit wrapped around the shoulders to huge “tallit Gadol” engulfing the entire body) after the sun sets. If you want to buy tallis online to celebrate the Day of Atonement, look no further than the online shop of Galilee Silks, which has a wide range of handmade tallit for men, women, boys and girls.
Note: On Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, Jewish people avoid wearing Tefillin.
Jewish people follow many types of rituals and customs on Yom Kippur. Here are some lesser-known facts that you need to know about the holiday.
1. It is more than fasting
It is not only the food and drink that one needs to refrain from on the eve of Yom Kippur, but the Jews also need to keep themselves away from sexual relations, wearing leather and using perfumes. The last two items mentioned above were the signs of the wealthier people in the Biblical times, and therefore to keep them grounded, humble dress as well as humble attitudes, were kept as a part of the observance.
2. White clothing is worn
During synagogue congregations on Yom Kippur, it is customary to wear white clothing as the Jews believe white is a symbol of purity and transparency. In Judaism, white also symbolizes death, so wearing it will remind the Jews of their fragile mortality, helping them appreciate the beautiful gift of life while repenting for their misconduct and corruption. You will see many Jews people wearing a plain white robe over their clothing, called a Kittel white tallitot are also seen being worn by the Jewish people during the evening services.
3. A memorial candle lighting
Even though the Jews fast on Yom Kippur, they still decorate the table with festive cloths and light candles before the sunset to celebrate the life of six million, as well as for departed relatives who perished since the Holocaust. Two blessings are also said: one for the candles and the other, the Shehecheyanu blessing, thanking God for enabling them to reach this milestone.
4. The day of forgiveness
People ask for forgiveness from all their loved ones whom they have hurt knowingly or unknowingly in the days leading to Yom Kippur. According to the Jewish faith and traditions, it is believed that one cannot ask for God’s forgiveness until he/she’s been forgiven by the human to whom they have hurt.
The tallit is perhaps the most sacred and recognizable Jewish religious object that one can wear on any of the High Holy Days in the Jewish calendar. If you want to buy a tallis online that you can wear during the evening services of Yom Kippur, Galilee Silks has a vast range of traditional and modern designs at prices you can afford. Rest assured, you will enjoy wearing these handmade, high-quality tallit to the synagogue that is designed in the Land of Israel and sent straight to you.