Our A Midwestern Perspective section of our Civil War collection consists of seven newspapers published in Indiana between the years of 1855 and 1869. These items provide pre-and post-Civil War information, in addition to coverage of the Civil War itself. These newspapers, including the The Vincennes Weekly Western Sun, contain a lot more than just Civil War coverage.After sunset this evening the Jews, all over the world, commence celebrating one of their most solemn holidays, called “Yom Kippur,” in the Hebrew language, which, being interpreted, means Day of Atonement.
The origin of the festival will be found in Leviticus, XXIII, 26–33; And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying: “Also on the tenth day of the seventh month, there shall be a day of atonement; it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls and offer an offering, made by fire, unto the Lord. And ye shall do no work on that same day, for it is a day of atonement: for you before the Lord your God. For whatsoever soul it be, that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be, that doeth any work on that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls, in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.”
One of the peculiarities of the festival is that the Jews abstain from any and every kind of food from sunset this evening until sunset to-morrow evening. The Jews of this place, those believing in one God, having faith in the Bible and belonging to the Abrahamic Covenant, will have their business houses closed during that time–from this evening till tomorrow evening.
This year observing Jews will begin to celebrate Yom Kippur on the sunset of Tuesday, the 25th of September, 2012.
Collection: The Civil War
Publication: The Vincennes Weekly Western Sun
Date: September 29, 1860
Title: “Yom Kippur” Or Day of Atonement
Location: Vincennes, Indiana