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Neilah

[Sephardic Hebrew nuh-ee-lah; Ashkenazic Hebrew nee-luh] /Sephardic Hebrew nə iˈlɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈni lə/
noun, Hebrew.
1.
the Jewish religious service marking the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
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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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