Posted on 23 February 2012.
Yom Kippur is a day of atonement in the Jewish religion. It is also known as the holiest day for Jews. There are two major themes which the Jewish people practice on this day: atonement and repentance. Many spend the day at the synagogues, admitting to their sins and asking for forgiveness. When Yom Kippur ends, individuals have repented and made amends for the sins of the previous year.
The Leviticus decrees this day as strictly a day of rest. This means that there are certain things one cannot do on this day. The people are angels, which mean that they will not do anything angels cannot do. Here are 10 things you are not allowed to do.
1. Eat & Drink:
Jewish people cannot eat or drink because they represent angels (spiritual beings) who do not eat and drink. This is understood through oral traditions. Many misunderstand and drink water during Yom Kippur. You can eat or drink up to 20 minutes before Yom Kippur starts.
Just like on Shabbat, the Jewish people are not allowed to drive on Yom Kippur. Driving is seen as a form of labor. The Leviticus strictly stipulates that this is a day of rest. All regular activities must stop.
3. Brush Teeth/Wash:
You cannot put anything in your mouth or on your body. If you brush your teeth and wash yourself, you will need water. If you gulp water, you go against the oral traditions which state that you are not allowed to eat or drink or wash.
4. Touching food: