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The second kittel

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21.09.2021

It is customary on Yom Kippur for one to wear a “kittel” – an all-white robe. Various reasons are given for this custom. The most prominent explanation is that on Yom Kippur we refrain from the most basic physical needs of a human being, e.g., eating and drinking, in an effort to emulate the angels. We wear white to reflect a sense of purity. An alternative explanation focuses on the kittel as a burial shroud which we wear to instill in us a sense of humility as we petition the Almighty for forgiveness.

As the chazzen in my synagogue I wear a kittel on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. My primary kittel was a gift from my wife and I wear that kittel until the final Yom Kippur prayer service – Neila. For the last several years, at that point,........

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