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Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement

by Carla Hinton Published: October 9, 2008
Today is the first day of Yom Kippur, which began at sundown Wednesday.

It is the Day of Atonement in the Jewish community, a day of fasting, prayer and repentance. 

In addition to fasting, I learned several years ago that Jewish congregations revisit the book of Jonah on Yom Kippur.

The story of the reluctant prophet Jonah and his unsuccessful attempt to flee from God and God’s assignment is meaningful, bringing up themes of hope, repentence, forgiveness and responsibility.

Yom Kippur is a time to ask God’s foregiveness and to ask the forgiveness of those one has wronged. It is also a time to forgive others.

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor


by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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