The eve of Yom Kippur, known as Erev Yom Kippur, is a time of solemn preparation for the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a time to reflect on one’s past year, to seek forgiveness from God and others, and to prepare for a new year of spiritual growth.
Many Jews customarily attend synagogue services on Erev Yom Kippur, which include special prayers and readings. It is also customary to have a festive meal with family and friends before the fast begins. Some people also go to the mikvah (ritual bath) on Erev Yom Kippur to cleanse themselves spiritually.
One of the most important rituals of Erev Yom Kippur is the Kol Nidre prayer. Kol Nidre is a declaration that annuls any vows that one may have made unintentionally or under duress during the past year. It is recited in a dramatic manner, before the open ark, with an Ashkenazic melody that dates back to the 16th century.
Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Erev Yom Kippur and lasts for 25 hours. During this time, Jews fast, abstain from sexual relations, and refrain from other physical pleasures. Yom Kippur is a time to focus on one’s spiritual life and to seek atonement for one’s sins.
Here are some of the things that Jews do on the eve of Yom Kippur:
Attend synagogue services
Have a festive meal with family and friends
Go to the mikvah (ritual bath)
Recite the Kol Nidre prayer
Seek forgiveness from others
Reflect on the past year and prepare for a new year of spiritual growth
Yom Kippur is a time of great spiritual significance for Jews. It is a day to come closer to God and to make a fresh start in life.