Yom Kippur

The Biblical scapegoat

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar, marking the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance following Rosh Hashannah. According to tradition, it is on Yom Kippur that God decides each person’s fate, so Jews are encouraged to make amends and ask forgiveness for sins committed during the past year - observing a 25-hour fast and a special religious service. 

In Bible times, the High Priest would convey the sins of the people onto the scapegoat, and we remember that, "God presented Messiah as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood to be received by faith." (Romans 3:25)