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Erev Yom Kippur

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It is customary to ask for and receive "lekach" (sweet cake -- signifying a sweet year) from someone (usually one's mentor or parent) on the day before Yom Kippur.
Ingredients 3 eggs 1 1/3 cups honey 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup strong black coffee 2 tsps. baking powder 3 Tbsps. margarine, softened 1 tsp. baking soda 4 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon Directions Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour a 9 by 13-inch cake pan. In a...
A Yom Kippur Lesson
Here is where things are really upside down. We have this false illusion that when someone gives money to someone else, the giver is the big hero, the generous one, the amazing one. And that poor, pathetic receiver . . . should just be grateful that someo...
What is the reason behind the custom of asking for honey cake before the holiday of Yom Kippur?
The somber "kaparot" rite reminds us of the fragility of life
The Rebbe distributes the traditional lekach - sweet honey cake for a sweet year
At dawn or early in the morning before Yom Kippur, take a live chicken, fish or money which will then be given to charity and recite...
It is customary to ask for and receive lekach (sweet cake -- signifying a sweet year) from someone (usually one's mentor or parent) on this day. One of the reasons given for this custom is that if it had been decreed, G-d forbid, that during the year we s...
In the early morning hours of the day preceding Yom Kippur, the Kaparot ("Atonement") ceremony is performed. We take a live chicken (a rooster for a male and a hen for a female) and, circling it three times above our heads, we declare: "This is my replace...
We observe many, many minhagim (customs) without knowing why we do so — “Oh, that’s the minhag !” or, “It’s just something that people do; it doesn’t have any real significance…” might be the answer when someone asks what the reason is for keeping a certa...
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