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Why Do I Fast and Pray on Yom Kippur?

A “Shamash” (sexton) blowing the shofar before Yom Kippur at the Ohel Moed Sephardi Synagogue in Tel Aviv, 1960.

A dear friend of mine declared that, since Yeshua had accomplished eternal atonement, there was no need to fast and pray on Yom Kippur in order to obtain atonement. To tell you the truth, I was rather flabbergasted at his statement. First of all, nobody in our congregation thinks by fasting and praying on Yom Kippur he gains atonement. If we say that the Messiah has provided the atonement and obviated the need for the Day of Atonement, then by the same logic we may say that Christ is our passover sacrificed for us, so there is no need to…

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