Yom Kippur, also called by many "the sabbath of sabbaths," and lasts until sundown Tommorrow. It is a universally solemn day of fasting, introspection and prayer. Food, drink and work are strictly forbidden.
Yom Kippur culminates through reflection the ten "Days of Awe" that began last week with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, now 5769.
According to Jewish religious tradition, it is believed that God judges and writes the fate of each person into the Book of Life on Rosh Hashanah, and seals and closes it on Yom Kippur.
During this time, one owes up to sins, seeking forgiveness from God and other people. Those who repent during the 10 days of awe hope to be granted a good new year.