24 September 2023

Erev Yom Kippur 5784

9 Tishrei 5784
Erev Yom Kippur

(Excerpted from The Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov)
It's a mitzvah to eat and drink heartily on Erev Yom Kippur.  ...all who eat and drink on the 9th, and fast on the 10th, are considered by Scripture as if they had fasted on both the 9th and the 10th.

The reason why eating on the ninth is considered so great a deed that it is equivalent to having fasted, is that by doing so, we show our joy that the time for our atonement has arrived; ...since we cannot partake of a festive meal on Yom Kippur, we do so on Erev Yom Kippur instead; ...[it] provides us with the physical strength needed on Yom Kippur to focus ourselves on prayer, supplication and reflection that will lead us to teshuvah.

...Although it is a great mitzvah to eat heartily on Erev Yom Kippur, one should be careful to eat only those foods that are easy to digest....

(See further The Mitzva to Eat on Erev Yom Kippur.)

Please forgive me for any perceived offense or error. I promise it was purely unintentional and I'll try to do a better job in future.

~G'mar chatimah tovah and Chag Sameach!~


  1. Let’s hope that Moshiach will be revealed speedily this year and it won’t be just another exhausting year of suffering and torture for the Jewish nation.

  2. Shana Tova! Looking forward to being United with everyone in the rebuilt Yerushalayim this year!!