Originally Published: September 30, 2003 6:10 p.m.
The main synagogue ritual unique to Rosh HaShanah involves the blowing of the shofar, a ram's horn, with the rabbis connecting the shofar with the ram sacrificed by Abraham instead of Isaac, his son.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at sundown on Sunday, Oct. 5, with the 10 days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur called the Ten Days of Repentance.
The Yom Kippur ritual includes prayers asking for forgiveness.
Yom Kippur begins with the evocative musical power of Kol Nidrei. More than any other set of ritual words, Kol Nidrei has become the epitome of the Days of Awe, and strikes a chord deep within followers of the Jewish faith.
The final service on Yom Kippur is called the Nei'ilah, the Locking.
According to the Jewish tradition, the end of Yom Kippur marks the moment when the Divine Court completes its judgment of every human and locks the gates of Judgment.