For somber Jews on Yom Kippur, white is the new black

September 13, 2013 10:42 AM

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For somber Jews on Yom Kippur, white is the new black

Orthodox Jews commonly dress in white on this most holy on the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement  — which begins on Friday evening (Sept. 13).

In Reform and Conservative synagogues around the world, the picture on Yom Kippur is more colorful, with congregants dressed in suits and dresses of a variety of hues. Here, only the rabbis and hazzans, the musically-trained prayer leaders, will stand out in their white robes.

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