The unique Yom Kippur Mitzvah (Halacha a day)

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There is a Mitzvah in the Torah unique to Yom Kippur: afflicting oneself.

To fulfill this Mitzva properly one should keep in mind that the Yom Kippur restrictions are a fulfillment of this 25-hour long Mitzvah.  This Mitzvah includes the following prohibitions:

– On Yom Kippur one may not eat nor drink, even when Yom Kippur is on Shabbat, like this year. If fasting will affect your health, contact a doctor and a Rabbi for instructions.
– On Yom Kippur one may not bathe; one may not even get wet unnecessarily. Upon awakening and after relieving oneself one can wash until the knuckles. Before Birkat Cohanim, the Cohanim wash until their wrists.
– On Yom Kippur no anointing is allowed. This includes perfumes and deodorants.
– On Yom Kippur one may not wear leather shoes.
– On Yom Kippur one may not have marital relations.

All the above are forbidden from candle-lighting on Erev Yom Kippur (Friday today) until after Havdala some 25 hours later.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 133:1

 
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