Yom Kippur 2022: date, prohibitions

Atonement Day is Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Rites and taboos, traditions and history... everything you need to know about this day of atonement for sins, considered the holiest of the year.

What is the date of Yom Kippur in 2022?

In 2022, Yom Kippur will begin on Tuesday, October 4 at nightfall, until Wednesday, October 5 in the evening, i.e. a young total of 25 hours.

What are the times for Yom Kippur 2022?

Timings depend on sunset and nightfall and therefore differ from region to region.

  • Yom Kippur hours in Paris: 7:05 p.m. - 8:09 p.m.
  • Yom Kippur hours in Marseille: 6:56 p.m. - 7:56 p.m.
  • Yom Kippur hours in Lyon: 6:57 p.m. - 7:58 p.m.

The announcement of the breaking of the fast is made by the shofar ringing , a musical instrument made from a ram's horn. This is followed by a family meal or with members of the community.

How to wish a Happy Yom Kippur?

To wish a happy Yom Kippur, you can say ' Hag Samaeh ' (happy holiday), Focus Kal (good fast) and also 'Gmar Hatima Tova ' (a good seal in the book of life). The end of the fast is announced at the synagogue by the sound of the shofar . Believers then gather to break the fast. After Yom Kippur, we prepare the next day for the Sukkot festival (the festival of the huts).

What is forbidden to do during Yom Kippur?

For nearly 26 hours, the Jews are led to empty themselves and observe a strict fast. In addition to abstaining from food and drink, they do not wash, wear makeup, or smear their bodies with oils or lotions, nor can they wear leather shoes. Marital relations are also to be avoided. It is customary to wear white clothes, symbols of purity. Often meeting in family, or sometimes in the synagogue, the Jews take the time for introspection. We don't work, we don't use electricity either, like the Shabbat rules. Fasting only begins for boys from the age of 13 and girls from the age of 12. Some more fragile people are exempt from this practice, such as the sick, certain pregnant women or young nursing mothers.

Yom Kippur: what is the meaning of the Feast of Atonement?

Yom Kippur commemorates God's forgiveness of the Jewish people after the sin of the Golden Calf . In this biblical episode, Moses disappears for forty days in order to receive the Tablets of the Law. During this interlude, the Jewish people fashioned themselves another idol, a calf, made with the gold jewelry of women. This figure of adoration would be inspired by Apis, a bull venerated in Egypt. The biblical account (Exodus 32) mentions an orgy which, accompanying this sequence of idolatry, would have triggered the wrath of God. In order to obtain the forgiveness of the people of Israel, Moses went up Mount Sinai and implored God's mercy. It's the 10 th day of the month of Tishri – day of Yom Kippur – that he obtained forgiveness. A time of repentance allowing a review of the past year, Yom Kippur gives Jews the opportunity to pray for universal harmony and to commit to making new resolutions for the year to come.

What do we eat to 'break' the Yom Kippur fast?

What do we do before the start of the Yom Kippur fast?

On the eve of Yom Kippur, some Jews perform 'Kapparot' : it is a ritual of expiation which consists of sacrificing a chicken, which is then eaten before the start of the fast, and at the end of Yom Kippur. It is also customary to donate a few coins to the most needy and light candles before the party begins. According to customs, a hearty meal is served, usually couscous with chicken. Finally, to be forgiven for oneself, every Jew must ask for forgiveness from all the people around him , especially those who might have been offended.

Source journaldesfemmes.fr