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What is the appropriate Yom Kippur wish?

It is traditional to wish one another from after Rosh Hashanah and through Yom Kippur, "Gemar chatimah tovah" -- "may you be finalized and 'sealed' be for...

Why is a kittel worn on Yom Kippur?

There are several reasons for this custom prevalent in all Ashkenazi communities: a) The kittel serves as a reminder that on Yom Kippur we resemble...

Can I wear a leather belt on Yom Kippur or Tishah b’Av?

There is a popular misconception that one may not wear any leather on Yom Kippur and Tishah b'Av. Actually, one may wear leather belts, jackets,...

Why is it forbidden to wear leather footwear on Yom Kippur?

Positive Mitzvah #164 commands us to “afflict” ourselves on the Tenth of Tishrei, i.e. Yom Kippur. The Mosaic Tradition teaches us that...

When is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. For the year 2013, Yom Kippur starts at sundown, Friday, September 13th, and ends at...

My oncologist told me not to fast on Yom Kippur. Now what?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...June: I have been advised by my oncologist not to fast on...

Why do we say, "be inscribed and sealed for a good year"?

The traditional blessing to be inscribed and sealed for good in the book of life follows the general paradigm of Rosh Hashanah being the Day of Judgment,...

The Secret of a Twice-a-year Jew

There is a very good reason most Jews only go to temple twice a year. We go to a holy place, we go during a holy day, but we don’t necessarily...

What are we forbidden from doing on Yom Kippur?

On this day we abstain from eating, drinking and other physical pleasures for two reasons. Firstly, on this day we are completely connected to G-d, and we...

Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement

Ask any Jew. He/she will tell you that Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is the Day of Atonement. The day that we are forgiven for our...