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ne'ilah

in Judaism, the last of the five Yom Kippur services. As the concluding rite of Yom Kippur, the service is the most sacred of the yearly liturgy and is expressed in melodies of great solemnity. When the shofar (ritual ram's horn) sounds at the close of the neilah, the synagogue service ends and the daylong fast marking Yom Kippur is over.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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