Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is considered the holiest day of all the feasts for Jews. It is celebrated on the 10th day of the seventh month called Tishri. Yom Kippur is the second of the three fall feasts: Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Yom Kippur centers on repentance, atonement, prayer, and fasting. Yom Kippur also completes the period known as the High Holy Days, or Days of Awe. During the Days of Awe, let’s be introspective of our lives and halachah, that is, our walk in Yeshua HaMashiach. Yom Kippur is first established in Leviticus 16. It is also mentioned again in Leviticus 23:26-32:
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God. For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”