by Molly Noble Bull
The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is second of the fall feasts of Israel, mentioned in the Book of Leviticus—chapter twenty-three and beginning with verse twenty-seven. In 2011, the Day of Atonement begins at sunset on September 7th and ends at sunset on September 8th.
For the Jews, Yom Kippur is a High Holy Day and the most solemn day of the year. The theme of this very special and Holy day is atonement and repentance, and secular Jews who might never attend services otherwise go to synagogue on You Kippur. Synagogue services on this day include a public confession of sins and fasting.
The first four Feasts of Israel were known as the Spring Feasts and were fulfilled with the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, the Day of Atonement is the second of three Fall Feasts of Israel, and many believe that the fall feasts are yet to be fulfilled.