Skip to main content
Select Source:

Day of Atonement

Day of Atonement (Heb., Yom Kippur). The most important day in the Jewish liturgical year. (Leviticus 16. 30). After the destruction of the temple, it was believed that the day itself rather than the temple ritual atoned for Israel's sin. The Day of Atonement liturgy begins in the evening of 9 Tishri (see CALENDAR) with the Kol Nidrei (all the vows) service in the synagogue. Services continue through the next day until sunset, when it is customary to blow the shofar to indicate the end of the fast.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Day of Atonement." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Encyclopedia.com. 26 Jul. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Day of Atonement." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Encyclopedia.com. (July 26, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/day-atonement

"Day of Atonement." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Retrieved July 26, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/day-atonement

Atonement, Day of

Day of Atonement: see Yom Kippur.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Atonement, Day of." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. 26 Jul. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Atonement, Day of." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. (July 26, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/atonement-day

"Atonement, Day of." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Retrieved July 26, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/atonement-day