Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, begins this evening

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WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF)- Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” is the second of two Jewish High Holy Days.

Rosh Hashanah, nine days ago, was the first which marked the new year.

Yom Kippur is a day of fasting, and is described in the Book of Leviticus as a day to connect with God to become better people.

At evening services Tuesday evening, a 13th century poem will be read to the congregation that asks God for forgiveness.

7News spoke with Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom in Wheeling and he said that this year holds additional significance because of the tragedy that befell a Pittsburgh synagogue just one year ago.

Yom Kippur is not about being punished for the things we’ve done wrong it’s about ourselves engaging with God on a journey of spiritual and personal growth to become better people and in turn to work with God in building a better world.

Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom in Wheeling

Yom Kippur begins Tuesday evening and lasts throughout all of Wednesday.

Services will be held Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, afternoon and evening, after which the fast is broken.

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