Yom Kippur is the holy Jewish
occasion that sees millions of Jews in Israel and the world over keeping
themselves under great self-restraint and observing sacred rituals. Know all
about the apparels that Jewish people wear during Yom Kippur and the reason
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The nature of apparels to be worn on Yom Kippur differs from one
community to another. But most Jewish communities largely follow the
custom of wearing white clothes on Yom Kippur in supposed imitation of
the ministering angels.
Customarily, men dress up in white clothes on which are woven a blue
fringe known as "tzitzit". They also carry the "tallit" or "Tallit Gadol",
a large four-cornered, fringed prayer shawl, around their shoulders. The
color of the "tallit" is traditionally white, which signifies purity and
mercy. Normally it is worn by males only during the morning prayers but
on Yom Kippur it is worn throughout the day so that it brings on the
blessings even at night. A smaller version of the "tallit", known as the
Tallit Katan, is also worn under the outer garments all day long. This
last custom is less widely observed nowadays.
Some people wear a white robe, known as "kittel", over their clothing.
It closely resembles the cerement (burial cloth), and is believed to be
a reminder the mortality of human beings and the need for atonement (teshuvah).
Gold should never be used to adorn the kittel as the same metal was used
to build the golden calf, an early act of sin on the part of Jewish
ancestors. For the same reason, one should not wear gold jewelry. But
one can decorate the kittel with silver, for silver is of almost the
colour white, which represents purity and mercy and is the chosen hue
for Yom Kippur.