Judaism: Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, A Day of Divine Forgiveness
Between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are 10 days, called Atzeres Amei Teshuva, the ten days of repentence. The work begun in Elul continues more intently. We introspect and realize the importance of the season, the time when all of the world is brought to justice in the heavenly court. Our sincere return to the commandments along with re-attaching ourselves to values our every day lives often lead us to overlook benefits us on Yom Kippur, the day when we receive forgiveness from the Creator based upon our sincerity and depth of return. We spend the entire day fasting and praying, in an attempt to achieve the mental and spiritual level reflective of the task at hand and the importance of the day.