Local Jewish Community Celebrates Yom Kippur

The local Jewish community, along with Jews around the world, celebrated the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar Wednesday night.

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, began at sundown Wednesday night. For Jews, it's an opportunity for introspection; a time to look back at past mistakes and sins, and pray for forgiveness and be inscribed, as they say, in the book of life.

Some young ladies at Temple Beth Israel said what the day means to them.

"Today, I learned about focusing on what's on the inside and not what's on the outside. The outside doesn't matter at all. The inside is what counts," said Isabella Rogofs and Austin Gordon, young members of the Temple Beth Israel congregation. "How nice you are to other people, and how you are with other people, and how you respect them. Treat them like they are family, even if you don't know them. Treat them like you want to be treated, and they'll treat you with respect back."

Yom Kippur also marks the end of the Jewish High Holy Days, which began last week with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.


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