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Yom Kippur Blessings

For those looking for a quick, easy reference to guide them through the home rituals that lead into Yom Kippur, this resource is for you!

Our handy Yom Kippur Blessings, in an easy-to-print PDF format, includes the instructions for the custom of lighting the yahrtzeit candles and then the holiday candles, in Hebrew and transliteration, with traditional and alternative translations as well.

Not sure how to pronounce the Hebrew? Read along, in transliteration or in Hebrew, and listen to the blessing:

  • When Yom Kippur starts on a Friday evening (Shabbat), say this version of the blessing over the candles:


  • When Yom Kippur starts on any other night of the week, we do not reference Shabbat in the blessing. This version of the blessing over the candles is said:





 




 

Hebrew for "Day of Atonement," the final of ten Days of Awe that begin with Rosh Hashanah. Occurs during the fall and is marked by a 24-hour fast. One of the most important Jewish holidays. Hebrew for "time of [one] year," referring to the anniversary of the day of a relative's death. The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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