Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement – Fast day, many special prayers, including Kol Nidre, N’eela, and Memorial (Yizkor) services.
Eve of Yom Kippur – Light Yahrzeit Candle, in memory of loved ones who have died.

• Traditional to wear white .

• We do not wear leather on Yom Kippur because it is necessary to kill an animal to make leather shoes or garments and this is why we refrain from wearing leather on this holiday. Many rabbis will wear white sneakers on the bimah on Yom Kippur – and congregants have adopted this as a tradition also in many places. (Besides they are comfortable.) But some say it is just the oposite: That in ancient times it was the leather shoes that were comfortable and it is good not to be so comfortable on Yom Kippur because you must stay aware of yourself and reflective on all things that day.

• Fast (All over Bar/Bat Mitzvah age will fast, but only if they are able to due to health.)

• Traditional to break the Yom Kippur fast first with challah followed by a light meal.

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