As the Talmud says, “There were never happier days for the Jews than the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur.” What is it about Yom Kippur that makes it such a happy day?

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The Ten Days of Repentance, culminating with Yom Kippur, are a time to reflect on the past, but in the context of looking forward to a more meaningful future.

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The Cantor and choir of the IDF sing the moving prayer recited on Yom Kippur about God determining who will die and who will live in the coming year - with scenes from the Yom Kippur War.

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Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement, the day when we are forgiven for our sins. It's not a simple, magical ritual that automatically wipes the slate clean.

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Yom Kippur at Holy Temple

The moving tunes used for the Yom Kippur prayers are a main priority in the service, arousing our souls to a higher level of spirituality.

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Yes, we have to feel remorse, and yes, it may very well be appropriate on an individual level to be moved to tears, but on the whole, our sages teach us that the confessional is actually a time to be happy.

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