Thursday, September 27, 2001

Local Jews observe holiest day of the year

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Tristate Jews marked Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, beginning at sundown Wednesday and ending at sundown today.

        It is a day of confession and repentance observed by rigorous fasting and nearly unbroken prayer.

        Jews believe it is also the day on which an individual's fate for the coming year is sealed.

        Brian Grossbard, executive director of the Hillel Foundation at Miami University in Oxford, said about 1,500, or 10 percent, of students at Miami University are Jewish.

        “We are the only Jewish institution in all of Oxford, so we provide services using one of the campus chapels,” he said.

        “You're atoning for repentence, prayer, fasting and charity. ... It's a day for you to cleanse yourself.

        “Most of your atoning is done internally,” he said.

        Yom Kippur closes the High Holy Days, which began on Rosh Hashanah, with the Jewish New Year that began at sundown Sept. 17.


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