Yom Kippur, the sacred Jewish occasion to fast and offer prayer to the God almighty, is often celebrated as a promise to oneself that one would renew one's spirit and take a step forward towards spiritual fulfilment.
Considered to be the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur is a day, many Jewish believe, when God seals their fate for the coming year and that those who repent their sins will be granted a happy year ahead.
Here are 10 Quotes on Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement which could also be shared as wishes or prayers for the occasion.
- "The entire world is God's message of love to us. Yom Kippur is the time when we are most open to receive this message." – Rabbi Noah Weinberg
- "We should not be the same person the day after Yom Kippur that we were the day before Yom Kippur. We should be moving ahead, raising our lives to a higher level." – Rabbi Marc D Angel
- "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." –Mahatma Gandhi
- "Who can say 'I have purified my heart or I have been cleansed from my sins?' There is no person on earth so righteous that he never sins! Cast away the evil you have done and get a new heart and spirit." – Unknown
- "Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holy of holies of Jewish time. It is that rarest of phenomena, a Jewish festival without food. Instead it is a day of fasting and prayer, introspection and self-judgment when, collectively and repeatedly, we confess our sins and pray to be written into God's Book of life." – Jonathan Sacks.
- "You can't undo anything you've already done, but you can face up to it. You can tell the truth. You can seek forgiveness. And then let God do the rest." – Tertullian
- "Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present a food offering to the Lord." – Leviticus 23:27
- "People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on." – Bill Cosby
- "When Jews appear for Divine judgment, the angels say to them: "Don't be afraid, the Judge...is your Father." – Midrash Tehillim
- "While we should not allow the burdens of the past nor the anxieties of the future to exert a destructive effect on our living, the constructive lessons of the past and a responsible attitude towards the future can guide us to a proper and responsible life." Rabbi Abraham J Twerski
Here are five quotations from some for the Major Hebrew scriptures that capture the essence and spirit of the festival:
- "If a person fasts for his/her sins, and goes again and does the same things, who will listen to her/his plead. And what has (s)he gained by humbling him/herself?" – Sirach or Ecclesiasticus 34:26
- "Who can say 'I have purified my heart, I am free of sin?' There is no man on earth so righteous that he never sins!" – Prov. 20:9
- "Peace, peace to the far and to the near!" – Isaiah 57:19
- "If a wo/man says, I will sin and repent and then I will sin again and repent, s/he is not in a position to repent. Likewise if s/he says: I will sin, and the Day of Atonement will atone for me, the Day of Atonement will not atone for her/him." – M Yoma 9:9
- "The work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness quietness and confidence for ever." – Isaiah 32:17