Thought For The Day – Tuesday 26th September 2023
Reflection and Respect
Yesterday evening marked the end of Yom Kippur, the holiest moment in the Jewish year. Yom Kippur started on Sunday evening.
Yom Kippur is ten days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which celebrates the creation of the world. These days are called “The Days of Awe”.
A special instrument called a Shofar is used on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A Shofar is made out of a ram’s horn.
For Jews, Yom Kippur is a time to reflect on the past year, asking for God’s forgiveness.
Yom Kippur is called the Day of Atonement. Atonement means sorry for wrong, putting things right, making amends and turning life around (repentance).
For Jews, this goes back to the time when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with The Ten Commandments given by God and found people doing wrong.
Jews may fast or wear white on Yom Kippur. They give charity in the days beforehand. On Yom Kippur, Jewish people will also spend special time at the synagogue, where people pray for forgiveness at special services.
Yom Kippur also sees Jews pray for God’s care and guidance in the year ahead.
We send our very best wishes to the Jewish community at TBSHS and beyond for the coming year and beyond.
TBSHS’ Languages Week is an opportunity to celebrate, respect, understand and wish well all wonderful cultures and reflect on our lives also.