A Jewish holy day of prayer, reflection and fasting concluded on Wednesday evening and some Madera residents observed it.
Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, came nearly a week after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which was celebrated in mid-September. During Yom Kippur, which started on Tuesday evening, believers seek to repent and reconcile all the wrongdoings they may have had with God or others during the past year.
“We ask God to forgive us all for the unfortunate and terrible sins we have committed in the last year,” said Dr. David Kaye, an ophthalmologist at Natural Vision.
“It’s a day when every Jewish person has their fate sealed in a written book in heaven, that you’ll die and you’ll live happily with no illness and you’ll be well. However, it does not cover a sin which you’ve done against another person. So, for example, if you were to offend somebody else, you are still responsible to go and apologize to that person for committing a sin that upset them. It’s your responsibility to correct that misunderstanding,” said Kaye...