Yom Kippur begins tonight – the holiest day in the Jewish calander.
This is the Biblical Day of Atonement we read about in Leviticus 16:29-31 and 23:27-32.
According to Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur is the day on which people's fates for the coming year are sealed.
Most Jews will take a walk to their nearest Synagogue for services this evening and tomorrow.
These services will center around the so-called penitential prayers.
They will occupy most of the day and include special scriptural readings -like the Book of Jonah.
Memorial prayers for the deceased, that are said four times a year, are also recited on Yom Kippur.
Then to wrap it all up, at nightfall, the shofar (the ram's horn) is blown once to mark the end of Yom Kippur.
For the majority of Jewish people around the world it is a day of introspection, completely separate from the normal course of daily life.
This is highlighted by one's physical aspects being sublimated while one concentrate's on spiritual concerns – including a full fast.
Almost all establishments here in Israel will be closed and there is no radio or television broadcasts.
As I pointed out in yesterday's Harvest Show, from our Christian perspective this is the one day of the year that the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies in the Temple to atone for the sins of the people.
Jesus, our High Priest, by His Love and in our faith, was sacrificed once – the righteous for the unrighteous – to bring us to God.
Halleluiah for His life saving Grace upon us – that we can live in peace with our conscious as we repent from our sin and become, day by day, a little more like Him.
Have a good weekend everyone,
Middle East Correspondent