“…On the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD”
A Little Talmud on Yom Kippur Shoes
This passage from the Book of Leviticus, commanding Jewish people to afflict (ve’initem) their souls during Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), is the basis for all the customs and prohibitions observed on this holiest of Jewish holidays. While the most famous of these is the precept of fasting, the Talmud also prohibits Jews from practicing other activities during Yom Kippur: bathing, wearing perfume, engaging in sexual relations, and wearing leather shoes.
What?!? No leather shoes on Yom Kippur? What are we supposed to wear on our feet where (for many of us) it’s the only day of the year that we actually attend synagogue?
What YomKippurShoes.com is all about
Here at YomKippurShoes.com, we thought we’d explore that question with a series of articles on:
- What are Yom Kippur Shoes?
- The types of Yom Kippur Shoes you can wear
- The Top Yom Kippur Shoes this season
We hope to create a lively, fun and informative discussion for our community.