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Infographic: Yom Kippur: the Day of Atonement

Published: September 9, 2013

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Visitor Comments: 9

(5) Ella, September 14, 2013 12:16 AM

I believe & think this is one of the most beautiful Holy day & event.I would love to know more about all of the Holy festivals.

(4) shlomo, September 13, 2013 3:45 PM

Leather Prohibitiom

In the book of Leviticus, the Torah commands us to “afflict” ourselves on Yom Kippur. Why? Two reasons:

On this day, when our connection to G‑d is bared, we are compared to angels, who have no physical needs.
We afflict ourselves to demonstrate the extent of our regret for our past misdeeds.
The rabbis determined that “affliction” means that we are to deny ourselves certain luxuries, including wearing leather footwear. Leather shoes were considered a comfort until recent times, when it became possible to manufacture comfortable shoes of other materials.

(We also afflict ourselves on Tishah B’Av, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temples. Leather footwear is not worn on that day either.)

On a mystical level, wearing leather is reminiscent of the primordial sin committed by Adam and Eve, after which G‑d outfitted them in garments made of skins (Genesis 3:21). On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we don’t want to do anything that recalls this sin. (Similarly, we also refrain from wearing gold on Yom Kippur, so as not to recall the sin of the Golden Calf.)

(3) Roger, September 12, 2013 6:06 PM

Wearing leather shoes?

Why the prohibition?

Amy, September 13, 2013 8:14 AM

For historical reasons

Originally, the prohibition was against comfortable shoes, as a reminder of repentance. Since leather shoes were considered comfortable, the focus of the prohibition shifted away from the fit to the material of the shoes. And it stuck.

Joshua, September 13, 2013 10:00 AM


See the ABC's of Yom Kippur. They say it has to do with shoes being symbolic of materialism. Though leather was the first garment given to Adam and Eve on thier expulsion, and not to where these might show forgiveness from original sin.

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