Yom Kippur 5777 / 2016 is 2 days from now.
Yom Kippur marks the day Hashem forgave us for the sin of the Golden Calf and the day he gave the Torah. In real terms it is the culmination of our 10 days of Teshuva. Raize suggests we look at Yom Kippur not with dread, but as a day of great joy. It is a day of duality. A day to rejoice with trembling (v’gilu birada). Hashem is giving us simcha with the opportunity for atonement, forgiveness, & renewed closeness to Him. Don't look at the trials of life as punishment, but as a tremendous act of chesed from Hashem to purify and cleanse our neshamot.