How to Ask for a Day Off From Work for Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is a very important Jewish holiday. It is a holy day devoted exclusively to prayer and repentance.  As you are expected to participate in many spiritual activities, it is important to take the day off from work.  Listed below are few things to keep in mind when asking for a time off from work for Yom Kippur.

  1. If you are new employee, learn about your company’s policies regarding taking day off from work. Your Human Resources Manager can give you a detailed information about company rules.
  2. Make sure that you have finished all projects/tasks before you leave for the holiday. If there are certain tasks that need to be done on the day of your absence, ask a colleague to cover for you, assuring him of doing the same thing when it is his turn to take a day off.
  3. Timing is the key. Talk to your supervisor about your request at least two weeks prior to your planned time off.
  4. Explain to your supervisor how Yom Kippur is observed and why it is important for you to get a time off on this day. Getting a day off approved is easier when your supervisor fully understands the essence of observing Yom Kippur.

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