Yom Kippur is a day of grandeur, when the call of the majestic evening prayer Kol Nidre beckons us all to join together and let our longings and prayers combine in a powerful expression of hope. It is a reflective day that asks us to look deeply at the path of our lives. But it is also an optimistic day because, at its essence, it believes that no matter our stage of life, we have the power to change and turn to a better, more meaningful direction.
It is customary to have a beautiful meal at home, and then wear a talllit (prayer shawl) at the evening service because Yom Kippur is considered to be one continual day. As that day goes forward, our prayers become lighter and more joyful, and we conclude with a beautiful Ne'ilah service and a communal Break the Fast.