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

(RNS) When Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom synagogue in Washington looks out at his congregation on Yom Kippur, almost to a person they will be dressed alike.

“I see a sea of white,” he said.

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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