Yom Kippur: Happy or Sad?

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Is Yom Kippur happy or sad?

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  1. Contrary to how some people may view Yom Kippur as a sad day (the fasting), Judaism teaches that it is one of the happiest days of the year!

    One reason is that it is the day on which the Second Tablets of the Torah were given to the Jewish People.

    And although Yom Kippur is certainly a solemn day of self-reflection, it is also a day of great happiness. It is a special day when we can become free of the shackles of our past, when God gives us a special opportunity and ability to repent and change ourselves for the better. While on Rosh Hashana we look forward to and pray for a good new year and commit ourselves to being better people, Yom Kippur focuses us on our past and gives us a chance to “turn back the clock.”

    Yom Kippur is known as “The Day of Atonement”. Through fixing anything we have done that’s wrong we can actually erase it and start the New Year with a clean slate.

    May we all be written and sealed in the Book of Life!

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team