The Significance of Yom Kippur: Why We Fast and Pray on the Day of Atonement


Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Joseph Shulam.

Why We Remember Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is a world-wide phenomenon and is especially prevalent in Jerusalem and all of Israel. 70% of the entire nation participates in this special appointed time by fasting. In addition, more than 50% go to some type of house of worship or synagogue. This holiday is also described and highlighted in the Torah, in the Prophets, and in the New Testament, thus emphasizing its vast importance.

It is Our Duty to Observe the Day of Atonement

The main purpose of Yom Kippur is the confession and repentance of the collective national sins of the people of Israel. This is a rather unique phenomenon on the map of humanity. The powers of this world, national, religious, and international alike, normally don’t approve nor endorse such things as confession of collective sins, repentance, remorse, and national fasting over mistakes and sins. God’s instruction (the Torah) given to Israel demands that one day per year there must be personal soul-searching and contemplation on the previous year’s mistakes, sins, and crimes.

Do Believers Need to Fast and Pray?

Why do we, as Jewish disciples of Yeshua our Messiah, fast and pray on this Day of Atonement?

First, we are proud members of the nation of Israel, and as such we are well aware of the national and collective sins of our people. As believers we trust in the grace of God that continues to forgive sins, even for an entire nation. The reason why it is important for us to fast and pray is for the revelation of Yeshua, who took the sins of the world upon his shoulders and was our true scapegoat.

Pray for the Forgiveness and Deliverance of Israel

I would like to ask you all to join us in praying for the salvation of Israel. This redemption of the nation of Israel is a divine promise by God Himself and it appears in numerous places throughout the Bible. I ask you to stand with Netivyah in prayer as we strive to present the Good News of God to the Jewish people.

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