Is it customary for women to wear white clothing on Yom Kippur, or is it largely a custom men observe?

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The Mishna Brurah 610:16 says women customarily wear white and clean clothes. Not sure what people do today.


I've seen a lot of women do it -- maybe not quite the same percentage as men, but it's not unheard-of.

I don't know of particular standard-identity communal practices, though. (E.g. I don't know what dyed-in-the-wool Chabad women do, nor Satmar or the like.)

The general thing to keep in mind is to be dressed appropriately. (I think some women, in some circumstances, might find white tricky to pull off in an appropriate way, but that's not for me to dictate.)

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    "dyed-in-the-wool" -- heh
    – Menachem
    Sep 13, 2013 at 21:30
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    Ok - the women at my Chabad shul and the other orthodox shuls wore white as well. Yom Kippur publication at Chabad shul encouraged everyone to wear white and men to wear a kittel...
    – Malka S
    Sep 14, 2013 at 18:18
  • I daven at Chabad shuls and no one wears white.
    – SAH
    Oct 21, 2016 at 4:54

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