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by Arlene Berg
YOM KIPPUR – pronounce the “o” in “Yom” as a long “o,” to rhyme with “toe.” “Kippur” is pronounced with a short “i,” and the “ur” rhymes with “or.” The accent is really on the “pur” – “Kip-PUR.” Many Jewish people say “kippur” as “KIP-pur.” Dr. Louis Goldberg, my professor at Bible school said, though, that this “kippur” is not a fish and should be pronounced with the accent on the second syllable! This statement always stuck with me!
YOM KIPPUR – Hebrew for “DAY OF ATONEMENT.”
At the end of the Day of Atonement, the most earnest prayer is chanted by the Cantor – the “Neilah,” or “The Closing of the Gates” (of heaven). The shofar (ram’s horn) is then blown, and Jewish people believe that God seals the three books which were opened on Rosh HaShanah in which their names were inscribed.
How our hearts long for God’s chosen people to have their names inscribed and sealed in the Lamb’s Book of Life! (Daniel 12:1; Revelation 13:8; 21:27). How God wants them to come to the One who, indeed, bore their sins on His shoulder in order to find pardon for their iniquities (Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Daniel 9:26), the One who gave Himself as their atonement once for all (I Timothy 2:5,6; Hebrews 9:11-28; 10:11,12; I John 2:2).
Won’t you pray for the Jewish people on Yom Kippur and during this, their holy season! Pray that God will work mightily in the hearts of multitudes of them the world over so that they will come to the One who is so vividly described in the following remarkable prayer. This prayer has been deleted from the Yom Kippur Prayer Book! “Our righteous anointed (“Messiah”) is departed from us: horror hath seized us, and we have none to justify us. He hath borne the yoke of our iniquities, and our transgression, and is wounded because of our transgression. He beareth our sins on his shoulder, that he may find pardon for our iniquities.”
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” - Yesha’yahu, Isaiah 53:5,6.
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