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Is the Yom Kippur service over when the shofar is sounded?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Right after the Shofar is blown at the end of Ne'ilah, Maariv is recited, followed by Kiddush-levanah (the sanctification of the moon) ceremony, followed by Havdalah.

Since we didn't fully1 wash our hands in the morning2, we ritually wash our hands (three times intermittently).

It is customary to eat a festive meal after the fast. It is also customar to start building the Sukkah (or at least start planning it) the night after Yom Kippur.

Footnotes

  • 1. On Yom Kippur when doing the ritual washing of the hands upon awakening, we only pour water over our fingers until our knuckles (and not over the complete hand) due to the prohibition of washing oneself on this day.
  • 2. See http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/286,1332/Why-do-we-ritually-wash-our-hands-in-the-morning.html

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Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement. This late-autumn high-holiday is the holiest day of the year. We devote this day to repentance and all healthy adults are required to fast.
Sukkah
The temporary structure in which we are required to dwell for the duration of the holiday of Sukkot. The Sukkah must have at least three walls and its roof consists of unsecured branches, twigs or wooden slats.
Shofar
The horn of a Kosher animal. The Shofar is sounded on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, and is intended to awaken us to repentance. Also blown to signify the conclusion of the Yom Kippur holiday.
Kiddush
Prayer recited at the beginning of the Sabbath or Holiday meal--both the evening and afternoon meals. This prayer, acknowledging the sanctity of the day, is recited over a cup of wine or grape juice.
Maariv
Evening prayer service. One of the three prayers a Jew is obligated to pray every day.
Havdalah
Prayer signifying the end of the Sabbath or Jewish holiday. This "separation" prayer is recited after nightfall over a cup of wine.