Thursday, September 28, 2017

Eating and Minha on Erev Yom Kippur

Eating and Minha on Erev Yom Kippur

Day: Thursday
Date: September 28, 2017
Parshat: Vizot Haberacha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 604

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On Erev Yom Kippur we have a special mitzvah to eat in preparation for Yom Kippur. Our Hachamim teach us that whoever eats on Erev Yom Kippur is considered to have fasted for both days, Erev Yom Kippur and Yom Kippur itself. The mitzvah to eat is so powerful that one should even take time off of his Torah studies if necessary in order to have time to eat. Ideally one should have at least one meal complete with bread. The custom is to do hatarat nedarim after shaharit or after selichot.
One should try to go to the mikvah on Erev Yom Kippur. One who is not able to go should pour water over himself instead. (See DSH from Sept. 3, 2014 for the correct measurements and procedure.) We pray Mincha before eating the seuda hamafseket. Toward the end of the Amida we say Viduy as well the Al Chet service just like during the Amida on Yom Kippur itself. The reason is so that in case Gd forbid before Yom Kippur something terrible happens to the person, he will have already repented and will not have lost the opportunity. Even if one knows for certain that he didn't do one of the sins mentioned he still needs to say it.

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