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Five Afflictions On Yom Kippur

Five Afflictions On Yom Kippur


Not only eating and drinking, but all bodily pleasures, are prohibited on Yom Kippur. The Sages have listed five such afflictions: We are to abstain from eating, drinking, washing or anointing the body, wearing leather shoes, and marital relations.

These five afflictions correspond to the Five Books of the Torah which we accept without allowing our physical needs to intervene. They also correspond to the five senses with which man performs mitzvot and commits transgressions; to the five times the term nefesh [soul] is mentioned in the Yom Kippur Torah reading; to the five immersions of the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur when the Sanctuary stood; and to the five prayer services prescribed for the day: Ma'ariv, Shacharit, Musaf, Minchah, and Ne'ilah.

Excerpted from: The Book of Our Heritage. Published and copyright by Feldheim Publications.
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Eliezer Zalmanov for October 9, 2016

Re: What if one is ill For an ill person, a rabbi should be consulted regarding fasting, in consultation with the person's doctor. There are obviously different types of illnesses and there is not one answer for everyone. Reply

Anonymous NY September 29, 2016

What if one is ill What if not drinking will be unhealthy for an individual? What if a person with renal problems must drink some water during the fast while not eating or doing other things that are forbidden? Reply

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