Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the most important holidays for the Jewish. It is a time
for people to seek forgiveness from others. Yom Kippur is important because it
comes just before the Jewish new year so that people can have a fresh start for
the new year. Yom Kippur also gives people a chance to look back on the past
year and plan for the upcoming year.

Yom Kippur dates back to biblical times when animals were used to
transfer sins to. The first animal that was used was a goat, but soon roosters
for males and hens for females were used. The sins were transferred from people
to the animals by tying a rope to the fowl's legs and then spinning around the
head of the person who was transferring their sins. While the fowl was being
spun the person who was transferring their sins would begin chanting. When the
ceremony was finished the animal would be sent away into the dessert. Yom
Kippur is practiced very differently today. Instead of transferring their sins
to animals people donate money to charities and throw stones into ponds.

On the night before Yom Kippur, people prepare for the following day's
fast by eating an enourmous meal. Following the meal candles are lit and the
Shehecheyanu is recited to bless the candles. The following day is spent at the
synogauge where services are conducted all day long. The most important part of
the services is when the rabbi asks everyone to take time to seek forgiveness of
anyone whom they may have hurt in some way in the past year. People must seek
forgiveness because the Jewish feel that forgiveness is not something that may
be given, it is something that must be sought after. Not wanting to start the
new year with any grudges, the entire congregation gets up and begins seeking

At sundown the fast is over. The congregation leaves the synagouge and
goes home. When they get home the break the fast by eating a huge meal. This
meal marks the end of Yom Kippur.

Timeline of The Hebrews

922 B.C. Isreal breaks up after the death of Solomon. Splits into a
northern and southern kingdom with Shechm the capital of the northern half and
Jerusalem as the capital of the southern half.

876 B.C. King Omri makes Samariai new capital.

842 B.C. Queen Jezebel imposes the cult of Baal. The people revolt and the
Aramaeans take advantage of this oppertunity and captures some land from Isreal.

786 B.C.-746 B.C. Renaissance of Isreal under Jerobam II.

783 B.C.-742 B.C. Renaissance of Judah under Uzziah.

750 B.C. The prophets Amos and Hosea speak out against the exploitation of the
poor by the rich.

738 B.C. The Assyrians force Isreal to pay a large tribute.

721 B.C. The Assyrians manage to capture Isreal and deport the Jews. Judah
becomes a vassal state of Assyria.

715 B.C. Hezekiah becomes King of Judah and rids the religion of Assyrian

687 B.C. Assyrians attack Jereusalem.

640 B.C.-609 B.C. King Josiah of Judah wins back some land from the Assyrians.

597 B.C. The Babylonians capture Jerusalem and deport King Jehoiadin causing
the end of the Kingdom of Judah.

587 B.C.-539 B.C. The Babylonians destroy Jerusalem and cause the collapse of
the Kingdom of Judah. 587 marks the begining of the Babylonian exile which
ended through the Edict of Liberation of Cyrus the Persian

538 B.C.-400 B.C. The Jews return to the Holy Land. Joshua and Zerubbabel are
the religious heads of Judea. Haggai adn Zechariah are the prophets in Judea.

332 B.C. Alexander the Great conquers Jerusalem.

167 B.C.-164 B.C. The Jews are persecuted and the cult of Zeus is established
in their temples.

104 B.C.-37 B.C. Hasmoneans rule Judea.

63 B.C. Pompey captures Jerusalem stretching the Roman power to the Holy Land.

26 A.D.-36 A.D. Pontius Pilate is the govenor of Judea.

66 A.D.-73 A.D. The Jews revolt for the first time against Rome.

70 A.D. Romans destroy the temple.

132 A.D.-135 A.D. The second Jewish revolt against Rome. Also known as Bar
Kokhba. The Jews are destroyed in battle and the Jews are dispersed.

351 A.D. The Revolt of Patricius takes place.

637 A.D. The Arabs capture the city of Jerusalem.

1095 A.D.-1270 A.D. Crusades occour in a Christian attemptto regain the holy
lond which was also sacred to them.

1492 A.D. The Jews are expulted from Spain and Ghettos are formed.

1917 A.D. Pogroms begin occouring in Russia. The rise of antisemitism.

1936 A.D. Hitler commands Nazis to destroy Jewish towns and blames it on

1939 A.D.-1945 World War II.

1948 A.D. Isreal becomes a country.

Military Life

The Hebrews viewed war as a holy act. War was thought of in this way
because they believed that it was God's will that they