G’MAR CHATIMA TOVAH! / MAY YOUR NAME BE INSCRIBED IN THE BOOKOF LIFE!… in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
According to tradition, Yom Kippur falls on the day Moses brought down the second set of Sacred Tablets of the Ten Commandments, the first set of which he had destroyed, and the repentant Israelites were absolved of their great sin: worshipping the Golden Calf.
Yom Kippur took on at once an air of gravity and of joy—contrition sweetened by the taste of forgiveness. It even became a time for matchmaking in ancient Israel. Tradition tells us that, on Yom Kippur, all of the girls would wear white—those who did not own white clothing were lent white raiment for this special occasion. They would go out dancing in the vineyards and the young men were permitted to see them dance.
No longer do the women go out dancing on Yom Kippur, but the tradition of wearing white on Yom Kippur lasts into our own time.
White symbolises purity in Jewish tradition—wedding garments, for instance, are also traditionally white. The book of Isaiah bears out this symbolic significance—YAHUVEH GOD says to HIS people in Isaiah 1:18: “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Praise YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH, for the price is already paid for us for. All we need to do is accept it!
The Torah is read on Yom Tov during Shacharit services. There is no readingat Mincha on Yom Tov other than Yom Kippur, unless the day falls on Shabbat, when the regular Shabbat reading for the week is read. The Torah is also read at Mincha on all public fast days.
Special Shul/Synagogue Readings for Yom Kippur
The celebration of Yom Kippur involves a somber liturgy, which includes the absolution of congregants from ill-advised future promises (Kol Nidre), communal confession of sins (Vidui), the mourning of departed parents (Yizkor) and the blowing of the shofar. After the blowing of the shofar, Jews may break the Yom Kippur fast. The following is a non-exhaustive list of important Yom Kippur readings and liturgy:
Recitation of the Kol Nidre and the Vidui, a lengthy confession of sins
Torah portion: Leviticus 16:1–34, Numbers 29: 7–11
Haftarah portion: Isaiah 57:14–58:14
Recitation of the Yizkor, recitation of the martyrology
Torah portion: Leviticus 18:1–30
Haftarah: The Book of Jonah in its entirety, Micah 7:18–20
Recitation of the Ne’ilah prayer, the Sh’ma, the Baruch Shem; collective proclamation L’Shana Haba’ah b’Yerushalayim! (Next Year in Jerusalem!)
Concludes with the blowing of the shofar
The following are the recommended TORAH Parashah Readings for this SHABBAT SHABBATON/Sabbath of Sabbaths:
- HAFTARAH/HAFTORAH (includes PROPHETS and/or WRITINGS):
Book of Jonah
Isaiah 57:14 – 58:14
- BRIT CHADASHAH (a.k.a NEW COVENANT/TESTAMENT):
Book of Hebrews with focus on Hebrews 9