Yom Kippur and You: How Some Jewish Believers Observe the Day
I observe the fast to the end that God would bang on the hearts of our unsaved families.
Greg R., Cleveland, OH
I have decided that if I get so hungry fasting during Yom Kippur that it distracts me from kavanah—real heartfelt worship—then I will eat just enough to be able to re-engage.
Katherine W., Glencoe, IL
Traditionally, our family sees this as a day to recall what He (Yeshua) did for us and to remind ourselves of the joy we have through faith in Him.
Steve C., St. Louis, MO
I fast for as long as I am able in the traditional way, from sunset to sunset. I spend that time praying and meditating on the Word. I do this as a reminder of my sinfulness and that God has forgiven me. I observe this day in unity with the rest of the Jewish community.
Sandra D., Skokie, IL
I do not observe Yom Kippur. As a messianic Jew, I fast regularly at other times to grow closer to God in prayer or because I feel God calling me to do so. Christ’s crucifixion was the atonement for our sins and our misdoings, and we are a new creation in Him.
Sonja H.-F., Rwanda, Africa
When I came to faith, I saw that Jesus fulfilled God’s requirement for atonement for me. I don’t celebrate the holiday with fasting or attending synagogue, but I do pray for my extended family, that they would ask questions about sin and atonement and see the answer that God has already provided.
Debbie E., Woodbridge, CT
I don’t observe: I just feel guilty about not observing.
Myron S., Iowa
I observe Yom Kippur by keeping the traditional fast, but I dedicate the fast to God for the salvation of friends and family.
Renee A., New York City, NY
I observe Yom Kippur at our messianic congregation with the focus on the need to “come clean” with God. At the end of the day I break the fast together with the congregation in recognition that Yeshua is our sin-bearer and in hope for good days ahead.
Elliot K., Cincinnati, OH
We pass the day in a fairly traditional way, in fasting and prayers, including the confession of sin. There is a great sense of victory and wholeness at the conclusion of the day when we hear the sound of the shofar for the final time.
Russell R., Albuquerque, NM
Some of our most blessed Yom Kippur observances were in Israel…we would drive our car the night before Erev Yom Kippur and take food for the breakfast…then the next morning we would walk the two miles with the kids on bikes to the home of a friend and their family in a nearby community where we would meet for prayer together and finish the fast with communion and then the meal we’d brought the night before. We all fasted to our ability, for the purpose of coming close to God individually and also praying on behalf of our Jewish nation for their eyes to be opened and come to repentance.
Susan C., Houston, TX