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Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, begins at sundown of Sunday, Sept. 27, but this year, observance of the holiday — both in Mexico and in the rest of the world — will look very different due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Because of social distancing practices, many synagogues will not be open, and those that do offer services will impose strict mask-wearing practices and social distancing, allowing only a limited number of people inside the premises at any given time.  

Coming one week after the two-day Rosh Hashanah new Year observance, Yom Kippur — also known as the Day of Atonement — is considered to be the culmination of the Jewish High Holidays, which begin at the start of the Jewish calendar month of Elul, with the sounding of a shofar horn every weekday morning to remind the faithful of the advance of the sacred days that lay ahead.

The Jewish High Holiday season concludes with the observance of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), which will occur on Oct. 9 this year, and Simchat Torah (which marks the conclusion of the annual reading of the Torah) the following day.

…Sept. 27, 2020

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