The Jewish Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, begins Tuesday at sundown. For the next 25 hours, Jews all over the world will fast and pray that their wrongs of the past year are forgiven, and that a better year is to come.
Rabbi Susan Goldberg of Temple Beth Israel in Highland Park said this is like no other holiday on the Jewish calendar.
"It's like a yearly checkup on our souls, to say, what are we doing with our lives? What are we doing in our work? With our families?," Goldberg said. "...Are we doing what we feel like we really want to be doing? Are we treating people well? Are we treating ourselves well?"
All traditional calendar L.A. Unified schools will close for the holiday that ends at sundown Wednesday.
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