Yom Kippur is usually expressed in English as “Day of Atonement” and is marketed as a high ‘holy’ day in the Jewish calendar. However, the concept of ‘atonement’ in the religious sense of reconciling with God for wrong doing (sin) is drastically ignored by the Jewish community. In actuality the purpose of Yom Kippur is an undertaking to renounce all vows and undertakings made over the next 12 months. The core of Yom Kippur is the Kol Nidre prayer recited before sunset on the eve of the so called ‘Holy’ day.
“All [personal] vows we are likely to make, all [personal] oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our [personal] vows, pledges and oaths be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths.”
Compliant with the Talmud which frequently says Gentiles may be deceived, defrauded and deprived of justice. For example if a Jew finds an object lost by a Goy it does not have to be returned (Baba Mazia 24a) What a Jew steals from a Goy he may keep (Sanhedrin 57a) If a Jew kills a Goy there will be no death penalty. (Sanhedrin 57a) Furthermore, similar to the biblical practice of the scapegoat, where goats or bulls are sacrificed in place of ones sins the ritual of Kapparot (aka. Kaporos) takes place on Yom Kippur. Here the Jew transfers his oaths and vows for the coming year to the chicken then the bird is ritually slaughtered ‘absolving’ the Jew of responsibility for his criminality in the coming year.