Jews observe Day of Atonement

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WEST BRATTLEBORO — Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. It is a day set aside to "afflict the soul," to atone for the sins of the past year. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.

Local Yom Kippur services, held this year at the West Village Meeting House of All Souls Church on South Street, began on Tuesday evening with the Kol Nidre prayer. Services resumed Wednesday morning and included a Yizkor service to remember and honor departed loved ones.

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