Yom Kippur comes ten days after the celebration of the New Year. It is our chance for a new beginning. This sacred day is spent worshipping and fasting. On Yom Kippur, God forgives us and we forgive each other. This year (2011) it begins on the evening of Friday, October 7th.

At the end of Yom Kippur, we blow the shofar one last time before proclaiming "Next year in Jerusalem." That blast is a tekiah gedolah, an extended version of the normal tekiah. If you'd like to hear the shofar or learn more about it, go to the shofar page of Celebrate with JOI: Rosh Hashanah.