Yom Kippur – G’Mar Hatima Tova
Five Minutes for Israel wishes all those who celebrate Yom Kippur an easy fast. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life.
Yom Kippur 2013 begins in the evening of
Friday, September 13
and ends in the evening of
Saturday, September 14
About Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר, IPA: [ˈjom kiˈpuʁ], or יום הכיפורים), also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.
About the Yom Kippur War
1973: Yom Kippur: the day that shocked Israel
On the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Israel was invaded by two of its Arab neighbours – Syria from the north and Egypt from the south.
The so-called Yom Kippur War began on 6 October 1973 and ended two weeks later with a tenuous ceasefire.
Despite being outnumbered by at least two to one, the Israelis outmanoeuvred the Egyptians and eventually came within a few miles of Cairo before the UN pushed through a ceasefire on 22 October.
All three sides incurred heavy losses and Israel’s image as invincible victor following the 1967 Six Day War suffered the heaviest blow.
Israeli public opinion turned against the Labour government of Golda Meir and especially the Defence Minister, Moshe Dayan.
The war had repercussions around the world as Saudi Arabia banned oil exports to the US for five months.