Let the Festivals CommenceSunday, October 05, 2008
It's hard to see in the video but the men are all dancing around the giant silver Torah
On the afternoon before Yom Kippur they eat a festive meal.
Girls and their mothers light candles 18 minutes before sunset in their city (the time must be exact)
Each girl lights one candle, then sway their hands three times around the candles and recite the following blessings:
1) Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to light the candle of Yom Kippur.
2) Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.
Change your Shoes
On Yom Kippur they do not wear leather shoes
All girls over 12 years old and boys over 13 years old must fast.
At the end of the day, the whole congregation recites the Shema and a few other verses out loud together, then the shofar is sounded for one long blast. After that they say: "Next Year in Jerusalem." and recite the evening services and the fast is over.