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Holidays: Days Celebrated by Y'shua (Jesus): Yom Kippur
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Yom Kippur - The Highest of the High Holy Days - The Day of Atonement: Receiving His Atonement

For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.. ~Leviticus 16:30

Yom Kippur is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hebrew month, Tishri - ten days after Rosh Hashanah. It is holiest of Jewish holidays, as it is the Day of Atonement, or the Day of Covering.

goatsThere was a special place in the temple, called the Holy of Holies. It was separated from the rest of the temple by a veil. One this day, and this day only, could the High Priest enter into the Holy of Holies and offer the sacrifices commanded by God as an atonement for the sins of the people. He also cast a lot to select a scapegoat that would bear the sins of the people and be sent into the wilderness. God's instruction of the sacrifice and the scapegoat can be found in Leviticus 16. Animal sacrifices are no longer practiced. The non-Messianic Jews no longer practice since the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. The Messianic Jews no longer practice, because they accept the final and complete sacrifice of Christ Jesus.

A picture of a symbol showing that no food is allowedIt is a Jewish practice to fast for the 25 hours of Yom Kippur. Most of the day is spent in services at the synagogue. The story of Jonah and the whale is read during the afternoon service, as it is story that shows God's mercies and forgiveness. After the final service, the shofar is blown, ending the holiday. Families and friends will then meet for a meal, breaking the fast.

Some Resources and Activities for Yom Kippur:

A printable jigsaw puzzle for Yom KippurA printable jigsaw puzzle for Yom Kippur: Print on cardstock and/or laminate. Cut out the pieces to play.

A printable coloring page of the scapegoat for Yom KippurThe Scapegoat Coloring Page: A printable coloring page of the goats and Bible verses for Yom Kippur.

A worksheet activity making words from the letters in the word fastingFasting Word Activity: Make as many words as you can from the letters in the word F A S T I N G

A picture of Jonas being eaten by the whaleJonah and the Big Fish: Acivities and Resources for the Bible story of Jonah and the big fish.