Yom Kippur and Sukkòt, the Jewish world in celebration and prayer

«The Jewish calendar is luni-solar: holidays, days, months and years are based on the time taken by the moon for its revolution around the Earth, the seasons on the time taken by the Earth for its orbit around the Sun. Lunar and solar year differ by about ten days. To recover them, some embolistic years were created, with 13 and not 12 months »

Today, September 16, the 10th of the month of Tishri, Yom Kippur is celebrated, the holiest and most solemn day in the Jewish calendar.

A day entirely dedicated to prayer and penance and which “wants the Jew, aware of his sins, to ask the Lord for forgiveness”. It is the day when according to tradition: “God seals his judgment on the individual”. «[…] Before Kippur the moral and material debts that one has towards other men must have been paid. One must personally ask forgiveness from those who are offended: God for transgressions committed against him, while those committed against other men must be compensated and healed “, reads the website of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (Ucei) .

Starting from 20 September it will be the Sukkòt Festival, also known as the “Feast of the huts”.

It is precisely the huts that characterize this joyful anniversary that recalls the stay of the Jews in the desert after the liberation from slavery from Egypt: forty years in which they lived in precarious homes, accompanied however, according to tradition, by “clouds of glory”.

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