MembersYom Kippur: Does It Bring Forgiveness?

Does atonement equate to forgiveness? Jewish sources say yes. But Yeshua had a different take on the matter.

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS, Yom Kippur
Photo: David Cohen/Flash90

Yom Kippur, the most sacred twenty-five hours in the Jewish calendar, was celebrated on October 8-9 this year, and millions of Jewish people, even those who openly declare that they are atheists, observed this unique day by fasting and avoiding any form of labor. 

Why do they do this?

Yom Kippur has become something of a national tradition profoundly rooted in the Jewish soul and culture. In the Torah, also known as the Pentateuch, the Israelites are commanded to “afflict their souls” on this day “to make atonement for you before Jehovah your God” (Leviticus 23: 27-28). 

This most holy of all days is not a day of sorrow, but rather a time of awe and reverence widely used for reflection over one’s deeds, but also identification with Jewish historical events. Many within mainstream Judaism–such as Orthodox, Reform, Conservative and Karaite Jews–use this time to seek atonement, or covering, for their sins. Not a few Jewish Yeshua-Believers (JYB’s) fast on this day, although they do not believe that fasting, prayer and good deeds...

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