Strengthening Congregations

The High Holidays Tradition I Vowed Not to Repeat

Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, Ph.D.

Jewish law says we are to fast on Yom Kippur. This is based on the biblical law that on the Day of Atonement, “You shall afflict yourselves” (Lev. 23:27), which was interpreted as early as the return from the Babylonian exile as “fasting” (e.g., Isa.