The Color of Water


James McBride

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Yom Kippur Term Analysis

Arguably the most important Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur is the “Day of Atonement,” on which Jewish people fast and atone for their behavior in the previous year. Together with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), which falls seven days earlier, Yom Kippur bookends the High Holy Days.
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Yom Kippur Term Timeline in The Color of Water

The timeline below shows where the term Yom Kippur appears in The Color of Water. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 21: A Bird Who Flies
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Ruth remembers her mother playing with live chickens on Yom Kippur , explaining that by killing the chicken they were showing their gratitude to God for... (full context)