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Yom Kippur, Jewish Fast Day Of Repentance, Begins At Sundown

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Kane Street Synagogue in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn held a Yom Kippur service. (credit: CBS 2)

Kane Street Synagogue in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn held a Yom Kippur service. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, begins at sundown Friday.

It’s a time when worshipers fast and atone for the sins of the past year and take a spiritual inventory of their lives.

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, ends Saturday at sundown when Jews break their fast.

A house of worship known as “the ground zero synagogue” will pay tribute to “the heroic firemen of Engine Six” at its Yom Kippur services.

Engine Six is located next to the temple whose formal name is The Wall Street Synagogue.

Rabbi Meyer Hager says it’s part of a community “deeply affected” by 9/11. The Kol Nidrei Yom Kippur services will include the lighting of special memorial candles.

“We have a special candelabra that’s in the shape of the two Twin Towers and we have the firemen light it,” Hager told 1010 WINS. “It’s traditional to light many candles at this service and they’re going light those candles.”

To accommodate passengers observing Yom Kippur, the Long Island Rail Road is adding extra trains this weekend.

There will be nine extra trains running from Penn Station starting Friday afternoon. The Port Jefferson and Babylon branches will also have three extra trains.

In addition, there will be two extra trains on the Port Washington branch and one on the Far Rockaway branch.

Trians will also be replaced by buses on the Far Rockaway branch from 6:16 p.m. Saturday until 12:05 a.m. Monday because of track work between Far Rockaway and Valley Stream.

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