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Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, takes place on the tenth of the month of Tishrei. We repent for our sins and G-d forgives them. It is a fast day.

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Making Everyday Like Yom Kippur

I have toyed with the idea of importing an aspect of Yom Kippur into my everyday life and am constantly looking for (homiletically) a connection which would draw the essence of Yom Kippur into every ...
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Nocturnal emission on Yom Kippur

What does having a nocturnal emssion on Yom Kippur mean? I’ve seen different opinions. Please cite sources.
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Why don’t we say Keil Erech Apayim on Yom Kippur?

According to my Nusach Ashkenaz Siddur, the Thirteen Middos are preceded by a passage beginning קל ארך אפים, whose text is as follows: אֵ-ל אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם אַתָּה וּבַעַל הָרַחֲמִים נִקְרֵאתָ. ...
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Who is considered “respected by everyone” in regard to being Chazzan for Ne’ilah?

ArtScroll (Yom Kippur Machzor, p. 708) lists several minhagim widespread during Ne’ilah, one of which is that “the rabbi, rosh yeshivah, or some member of the community whose seniority, scholarship, ...
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Why, in Yamim Noraim davening, do we discuss uprooting זדון instead of רעה?

There is a passage in the third bracha of Shemoneh Esrei said on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur (at least in Nusach Ashkenaz) that reads as follows: ועלותה תקפץ פיה וכל הרשעה כלה כעשן תכלה כי תעביר ...
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“Ha-Melekh Hakodosh” after Yom Kippur? [duplicate]

What will be the situation if instead of saying “Ho-Ail Hakodosh” after Yom Kippur, I say “Ha-Melekh Hakodosh”? Do we say that “Ha-Melekh Hakodosh” is greater than “Ho-Ail Hakodosh” and it's ok or ...
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Is one forbidden to fast between Yom Kippur and Sukot?

I heard once that one shouldn’t fast between Yom Kippur and the end of Sukot , not sure its reason or if it’s an accurate statement
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Does anyone hold that all shoes are forbidden on Yom Kippur?

It's a commonly said statement that only leather shoes are forbidden to be worn on Yom Kippur. However when reading the source from the Gemara it appears that all sandals (which I imagine are the only ...
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Can a Chazzan move in Mussaf on Y"K?

In Mussaf on Yom Kippur, there is a practice of prostration at various points. The Ramo writes in O"C 621:4 הגה ונוהגין ליפול על פניהם כשאומרים והכהנים והעם וגם בעלינו לשבח But, he goes on to ...
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Maximizing merits/Mitzvot on Yom Kippur?

If I understand it right, The final verdict of YK is based on weighing one's merits vs sins and not how hard one davens on Yom Kippur. (Based on Rambam's Hichot Teshuva). My logic says that the YK day ...
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The sins mentioned in על חטא - why those?

This question about the "אשמנו" list is still left unanswered. My question is about the apparent inconsistency of the "על חטא שחטאנו" list - so many different categories of sins are listed in the ABC ...
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Why do we daven for what has already been promised?

In the davening of Yom Kippur we ask "ואל תפר בריתך אתנו" that Hashem should not annul his covenant with us (cf page 682 of the Artscroll machzor). But on page 680, we had just read a quote from ...
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Seeing the Kohen Gadol or seeing the burning of the bull in the Mikdash?

The Mishna in Yoma 7:2 writes: "The one who sees* the High Priest while he is reading does not see the bull and he-goat that are burned, and the one seeing the bull and the he-goat being burned ...
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If one isn't going to fast on Yom Kippur, should one make Kiddush? [duplicate]

Let's say there's a household where the husband and wife are both sick such that they need to eat and drink on Yom Kippur. If the entire household knows they won't be fasting, for very valid reasons, ...
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Yom Kippur Ashkenazi Selichos

Does anyone know where I can find online or printed Yom Kippur Ashkenazi slichos for Shachrit Mincha and Musaf during chazarot hashatz?
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Fast some other day if can't fast on Yom Kippur?

If someone is sufficiently ill on Yom Kippur to be halachically allowed to eat, would there be any value in him fasting for a whole day after he gets well? I'm sure it would be voluntary, but is it ...
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Can we get the Beis Hamikdash up and running by Yom Kippur?

The rebuilding of the 3rd בית המקדש seems to be rather ambiguous. Especially, often with phrases like ‘Moshiach will come today (or tomorrow!)!’ And then that being equated with the immediate building ...
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Why is the final Tefillah of Yom Kippur called Neilah?

On Yom Kippur, we daven our four regular tefillos - Ma'ariv, Shacharis, Mussaf, and Mincha. All of those Tefillos are named after some combination of the time they are at, or Korbanos that were ...
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Text of final blessing following haftarah of Yom Kippur

In my (nusach ashkenaz) machzor for Yom Kippur, the final blessing after the haftarah of shacharit concludes: ודברך אמת וקיים לעד. ברוך אתה ה' מלך מוחל וסולח לעוונותינו וכו'‏ And Your word ...
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What is the source of this story?

What is the source of this story found in many non-traditional machzorim? Late one Yom Kippur afternoon in Berdichev, Rabbi Levi Yitzhaq went up and argued with God that his people deserved to be ...
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Hashem as the judge vs His omniscience

How can Hashem's role as the Supreme Judge on the High Holidays be reconciled with His omniscience: On one hand, we picture Him as He weighs the Mitzvot and the sins and awaits for our Teshuvah for ...
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Gentiles/Noahides and Yom Kippur

Can Gentiles/Noahides participate in Yom Kippur and to what extent? I have read by some Rabbis that they not only can but should! Biblical resources would be most helpful. Shalom!
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What are the different types of oaths mentioned in Kol Nidre?

I have a vague idea of what a Neder (an oath affecting an object's status) and a Shevuah (an oath affecting oneself) are based on cursory study of the Talmud, but what are the other 5 or so types of ...
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Why is the whole Yom Kippur avodah said at Musaf?

Yom Kippur Musaf includes a piyut describing the avodah that the Kohen Gadol does on that day. Why is the whole thing said at Musaf? Wouldn't it make sense to say the part about the history of the ...
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Mareh Kohen Origin

This question was alluded to but ignored in Origin of Mareh Kohen tune. Who composed the piyut Mareh Cohen, and when was it written? (This will help me put the piyut in context, perhaps give an ...
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Was Yom Kippur ever on a Sunday?

As per this answer, since the fixing of the calendar (let's say, at the time of the gemara), Yom Kippur does not fall on a Saturday night. Leon Wieseltier, in his book "Kaddish" (page 102) tells of ...
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Why is “affliction of the soul” interpreted differently in two places?

The Torah (Leviticus 23:32) says regarding Yom Hakippurim וְעִנִּיתֶם אֶת נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם "and you shall afflict your souls." The Mishna (Yoma 8:1) gives the prohibitions of Yom Hakippurim as follows: ...
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המלך המשפט on Yom Tov

According to this answer, if you accidentally start the weekday shemoneh esrei on Shabbos Cheshvan 7/December 5 or the first day of Pesach, you don't say ותן טל ומטר because the rest of the community ...
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Affliction and refraining from work

Leviticus 23 describes some commands in regards to Yom Kippur in which it teaches us to afflict ourselves (verse 27). Although I'm familiar with most of the commentaries which teach what this '...
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Selichos in Shachris Mussaf and Mincha of Yom Kippur [duplicate]

The Tur O.C. 620 quotes from his father the Rosh (Yoma siman 19, 20) various practices about saying Selichos on Yom Kippur. These are quoted from Geonic responsa and from the Raaviah. Yet almost no ...
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Fasting, Yom Kippur

In relation to this question, I would like to know why Vayikra 16:31 says v'initem, often translated as afflicting, cause if afflicting is about fasting then why isn't the word tzom צום used if this ...
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The Day After Yom Kippur, Does The Community Re-Excommunnicate People Who Were Excommunicated Before Kol Nidre?

Since we permit to pray with those who were excommunicated (I mean menudim or muhramim i.e. in niduy or 'herem) in Kol Nidre, does the community need to reinstitute relevant niduyim/haramot the day ...
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What is an Azazel? [duplicate]

Here's a link to Leviticus 16, so we're working from the same place. Who or what is an "Azazel" and why are staunchly monotheistic Jews offering it a sacrifice? 26 And the person who sent off the ...
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Reciting the 'Yehi Ratzons' in Eizehu Mekoman on Erev Yom Kippur

As part of the recitation of the mishnayot of eizehu mekoman during shacharit, some siddurim print a yehi razton prayer after each of mishnayot 3 - 7, asking that G-d consider our recitation of these ...
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Selichot on Yom Kippur

Although quite many machzorim omit it, but there are lengthy selichot composed for all services on Yom Kippur. Is it only an Ashkenazi custom?
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Would it be more appropriate to beat the *center* of one's chest on Yom Kippur instead of the left, since that's where the heart is actually located?

Our hearts are located in the middle of our chests and extend slightly to the left side. I'm sure each person does as s/he sees fit, but siddurim often instruct us to beat the left side. Is there a ...
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Why were the ox and the goat intertwined before taking them out to be burnt?

Why did the Kohen Godol intertwine the ox and the goat before taking them out to be burnt as it says in the Mishnah Yoma 6 (7) בָּא לוֹ אֵצֶל פָּר וְשָׂעִיר הַנִּשְׂרָפִין. קְרָעָן וְהוֹצִיא אֶת ...
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why no letter “ס” samech in viduy of yom Kippur? [duplicate]

The viduy of the על חטא lists sins from alef to taf, yet the letter samech ס is switched to a sin ש. Why? (Interestingly I noticed that in between sections of viduy we say סלח לנו מחל לנו כפר לנו, ...
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Why choose “bo” over “bam” in Ne'ilah? [duplicate]

In the Shabbat davening there is the phrase "v'yanuchu ____ yisra'el..." The middle word, according to the Artscroll text, is "bah" in ma'ariv, "bo" in shacharit and musaf and "bam" in mincha. This is ...
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'good kvitel' and 'gmar tov'

Why do people say (I have no source that they do, but they do...) 'good kvitel' and 'gmar tov' after yom Kippur? Good kvitel - not really sure what that is about at all. Gmar tov - as far as I can ...
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Why do we insert “Karban” on this line of Al Cheit?

In the lengthy “Al Cheit” section of Yom Kippur Vidui, there is a section that reads as follows: ועל חטאים שאנו חייבים עליהם עולה ועל חטאים שאנו חייבים עליהם חטאת ועל חטאים שאנו חייבים ...
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What constitutes eating on the eve of Yom Kippur

There is a mitzvah to eat on the eve of Yom Kippur throughout the entire day. Anecdotally I have heard that people chew gum in order to be 'eating' every moment of the day. I would like to know if ...
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Put schah up between Yom Kippur and sukkot [duplicate]

I was told that it is important not to put up the schah before yom Kippur. But in Yeshiva I learned that it can be put up 30 days before. Are there any sources that recommend or forbid to put up ...
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Young Priests' Finger Noise on Yom Kippur

In Mishnah Yuma 1:7, ביקש להתנמנם, פרחי כהונה מכין לפניו באצבע צרידה If he [the Cohen Gadol] sought to doze, the sprouting youths of the priesthood would strike before him with a צרידה ...
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Are unimposed or uncompelled vows (or any related synonyms) annulled by “Kol Nidrei”?

Are the following vows (or any related synonyms) annulled by "Kol Nidrei": Any vows or promises or oath (or any related synonyms) that I said to God? For example, I say, God, I promise to give 20% of ...
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Yom Kippur more lenient than Shabbos?

The potential punishment for an av melacha on Shabbos is stoning (ch"v). (Obviously, only under certain circumstances and after repeated attempts to dissuade the sinner.) However, I learned here that ...
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Yom Kippur Segulah Question

Does anyone know of a Source for Pesicha for Neilah being a segulah for Parnassah? Its something I have heard said is there a source anyone can send me to it would be appreciated?
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When does the Yom Kippur fast actually start? [duplicate]

Does the fast start after candle lighting (i.e., 18 mins before sunset) or does it start strictly at sunset? I suppose that if it starts immediately after candle lighting, one can light candles ...
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Aveilim being Baalei Tefilah on Yom Kipur [duplicate]

A Baal Tefilah who is an Uvel, is he allowed to daven on Yom Kipur
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Should a child wash his hands before eating on Yom Kippur?

I know that you're not allowed to eat or wash on Yom Kippur. But suppose a child (not obligated to fast) is going to eat bread - should he wash his hands before eating it?