FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – Jews around South Florida will mark Yom Kippur, Judaism’s day of atonement, Friday.

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

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Traditionally Jews will spend the day fasting and asking God for forgiveness at prayer services.

The day marks the end of a 10-day period that began with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year holiday.

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For devout Jews, Yom Kippur is the most solemn day on the calendar where, according to tradition, God weighs people’s deeds and decides their fate for the next year.

In Israel Thursday night, thousands of Jews attended pre Yom Kippur prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a remnant of the biblical Jewish Temple compound and the holiest site where Jews can pray.

Those observing the holiday refrain from food and drink and adhere to prohibitions that ban work, using electricity or operating any kind of machinery.

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