Nearly all Jewish holiday begin with lighting candles, and so this one will, too. After we light the candles we wave our hands in three big horizontal circles to symbolically bring the light closer to us, and then cover our eyes while we say the blessing. When the blessing is over take a moment of silent reflection with your eyes covered, and then open your eyes and enjoy the beauty of candlelight, bringing you into the new year.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
 אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּֽנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁלְ יֹום הַכִּפּוּרִים

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam 
asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel yom ha-kippurim

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe,
who has sanctified us with commandments, and commanded us to light the Yom Kippur candles.


Type of Custom: Candlelighting

Holiday/Event: High Holidays