Local temple celebrates Yom Kippur

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Friday at sunset begins the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, which follows the week after the Jewish new year Rosh Hashanah.

Yom Kippur is the faith's holiest of days, marking the day of atonement.

This gives those who follow the faith a chance to begin the new year with a clean slate.

"It's important to us to do this as a Jewish community, to remember that yes, we are all individuals and all ask for forgiveness as individuals and repent as individuals, but as a community we have responsibilities to each other and to the world at large and so we ask for forgiveness together as well for that," said Temple B'Nai Israel Rabbi, Alana Wasserman.

Celebrating this somber holiday, temples around the world will review scriptures, have moments of prayer and fast.

"We repent today but then tomorrow do we continue to try and do better or do we go back to our old ways? It's that idea of, no, of course, we don't go back to our old ways, we try to do better each day, every day," said Wasserman.

Yom Kippur falls each year on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei.