So how do you greet someone on this High Holy day? What are some appropriate ways to acknowledge the day and send greetings to your friends? You will be seeing them on and off over the holiday, so what are some good greetings to share on Yom Kippur. We’ve assembled a list here and hope you might find a greeting or get the inspiration for a Yom Kippur Greeting:
Best Yom Kippur Greetings
1.) May you be blessed with all your sins forgiven and a wonderful year ahead.
2.) For you I wish peace to for your family and friends near and far! Have a wonderful Yom Kippur!
3.) Happy Yom Kippur wishes. May this High Holiday bring you and your family all that is good and pleasant.
4.) On Yom Kippur, may all your prayers be heard, and you and your family be blessed with all you seek.
5.) May the blessed 25 hours of Yom Kippur seal your fate in the Book of Life.
6.) We know our prayers and beliefs will lead to the atonement and penance that is the purpose of Yom Kippur.
7.) We go through life searching for meaning. On this Yom Kippur, may you find meaning, forgiveness, and inclusion in the Book of Life.
8.) May your Yom Kippur be filled with peace and joy.
9.) Blessings to you and your family on Yom Kippur! May you all be sealed in goodness and love.
10.) On the Sabbath of Sabbaths as you atone and pray, heartfelt wishes to you for everything good on Yom Kippur.
Traditional Yom Kippur Greetings
There are several ways to wish your Jewish friends well on Yom Kippur. Common greetings include:
L’Shana Tovah: This Rosh Hashanah greeting can also be used for Yom Kippur because they are both part of Judaism’s 10 Days of Awe, which runs from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur signaling the beginning of the new year.
G’mar Hatimah Tovah: This is means, “May you be sealed for a good year [in the Book of Life]” and is a traditional greeting.
Tzom Kal: This greeting is best used near the beginning of Yom Kippur because it is a wish for an easy fast. The fasting lasts from one evening to the next evening. When the fast is over, the celebration begins.
Formal Yom Kippur Greetings
May you be inscribed (or sealed) for a good year. This refers to God sealing the person’s fate in either the Book of Life on Yom Kippur. The Book of Life indicates that the person will live through the year.
Bid them a good new year. On the Jewish calendar, the ten days from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur mark the start of the new year. Wish them a good new year and a year full of great blessings
Bid them a good holiday. This an acceptable greeting for any holiday, including Yom Kippur. Remember, wishing someone a good holiday is more appropriate than wishing them a happy holiday.
Say hello by saying shalom. Shalom means peace and is used to say hello or goodbye. This word may be the one you remember best. When you can’t think of a better option, you can always use this greeting.
Messages for Yom Kippur
Sending an appropriate message on Yom Kippur is a great way to express your friendship and to wish people well on this special day. The message can be simple or thoughtful, but it should reflect your personality and emotions. A sincere message that sends your best wishes to the recipient can bring a smile to their face and put warmth in their heart. Here is a collection of messages for Yom Kippur:
May blessings be showered on you and your loved ones at Yom Kippur and throughout the year.
Yom Kippur is the one day we can atone for our sins, be forgiven for them, and accept the judgment of God. Blessed Yom Kippur!
Wishing that all of your wishes get sealed at Yom Kippur!
We will become a different person the day after Yom Kippur. For you, I know that person will be rising to a higher level. Joyous Yom Kippur!
Sending you my fondest wishes for a Wonderful Yom Kippur!
If the world is a message of God’s love for all of us. Yom Kippur is the day when we can open up the most to receive this message.
On Yom Kippur may all your prayers to God be answered and may you be inscribed and sealed.
Yom Kippur is the holy day of atonement, so, may your sins be forgiven, and your coming year be blessed.
At this time of Yom Kippur may we all receive the messages of God most openly and lovingly.
On this holy day of atonement, may the wisdom we have received and the strength we find in our faith give us the best possible tomorrow. Have a lovely Yom Kippur!
Do you say, “Happy Yom Kippur?”
As mentioned earlier, one of the best phrases to say to someone celebrating Yom Kippur is “Have an easy fast.” While it is frowned upon, it is acceptable (especially for a well-meaning gentile) to say Happy Yom Kippur. Even better, if you can manage it, is to say in Yiddish, “Good Yuntif,” or in Hebrew, “Yom Tov,” which both translate as “Have a good holy day.”
It is fine to say, “Happy Hanukkah,” because Hanukkah is a highly celebratory holiday which pays homage to the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The eight- day celebration commemorate the lighting of a menorah in the temple which burned for eight days when there was only enough sacred oil for one day.
What is Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur was introduced in the writings of Leviticus in the Torah (the five volumes of Pentateuch, sometimes referred to as the five books of Moses), The statement from Leviticus is…”.In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the Lord.” -Leviticus 16:29-30
For many people of the Jewish Faith, Yom Kippur is the most revered holiday of the Jewish Calendar Year and holds the most traditions. Most of the Jewish Faithful observe a strict no-work policy, they fast for 25 hours (a meaningful fast with no food or water), and they attend a synagogue. There can be a lengthy service at a synagogue, especially at an orthodox synagogue. Services can begin as early as 8:00 AM and end around 3:00 PM. The participants then leave and go home to rest before the evening services begin.
Typically, the evening services begin around 5:00 or 6:00 PM and will continue until sundown. At nightfall, the end of the service is signaled by the blowing of a Shofar for an extended period. A Shofar is a beautifully decorated ram’s horn that can have silver plating and hand painted details.
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Special Prayer Book
During these extended services, the liturgy that used for Yom Kippur is very detailed and can change from holiday to holiday. To celebrate the day a special prayer book is created for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah (considered the Jewish New Year). The book is known as the machzor.
Participants are asked to collectively confess their sins in two parts, one for more general sins and another for more specific sins. The service that concludes Yom Kippur is about an hour long and is performed only on Yom Kippur. The scrolls of the Torah are stored in an ark (a cabinet designed just to hold the books of Moses). Because the ark is kept open for this service, the faithful must stand during the entire service. The prayers for forgiveness are very earnest as this is the last time for the worshipers to reconcile their sins and determine their fate for the coming year.
Yom Kippur Meaning
The definition of Yom Kippur is the Holy Day of Atonement, and the meaning is to make amends and reparations for the sins that have been committed in the previous year and absolve to have a good year going forward. As part of this process God inscribes the name of everyone who is destined for Heaven or the Afterlife in The Book of Life. The names are all sealed in the book. On Yom Kippur, the process of taking one’s medicine to atone for sins is a final chance to repent and be included in the book.
Observing Yom Kippur is probably the single most important religious holiday for the Jewish people. There is a popular custom to wear white on Yom Kippur to give a symbol that sins will be made as white as the driven snow and to signal purity in the actions of participants. There are some orthodox members that even wear a kittel to the synagogue. A kittel is a white robe that is used when burying the dead.
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What to say on Yom Kippur?
No matter what you say on Yom Kippur, it is more important, how you say it. It must be sincere and come from the heart. The Jewish people value friendship implicitly and wishing them well on Yom Kippur is a great gesture. After having read this article you should have a good idea of the right things and wrong things to say.
In the year 2018, Yom Kippur was celebrated from Tuesday evening, September 18th to Wednesday evening, September 19th. In 2019, Yom Kippur will be celebrated from sundown on Tuesday October 8th to sundown Wednesday October 9th. And in 2020, Yom Kippur will be from the Evening of Sunday September 27th to the evening of Monday September 28th.
Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana are the “High Holidays” in the Jewish faith. While Yom Kippur is the Holy Day of Atonement, Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year and signals the beginning of a new year as inscribed and sealed by Yom Kippur. We, at Greeting Card Poet, wish all our Jewish friends and families a wonderful High Holiday season and a Happy Hanukkah!
— Tim Moodie
Tim Moodie is a Copywriter and Creative Director. He spent many years writing funny greeting cards, coffee mugs, and toilet paper for Recycled Paper Products. In addition, he created the box copy for novelty gifts including the Jesse Ventura Action Figure (done for fundraising purposes when he ran for Governor of Minnesota), and the Kinky Freidman talking doll, including the doll’s sayings (done for fundraising purposes when he ran for Governor of Texas).
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