Looking for a Yom Kippur checklist?

Here it is: Yom Kippur Checklist (free download in Word so you can adjust as you like!)

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  • Starting a few days BEFORE the fast, DRINK! Get as fully hydrated as possible.
  • Spiritual preparation: ask forgiveness from those you have wronged, forgiving those who have wronged you, doing teshuva, and giving extra tzedaka
  • Clean/prepare white or light clothing for each family member, including kittel if it’s dh’s tradition to wear it,  white kippot, and tallit
  • Set aside your gold jewelry (we don’t need to remember the golden calf now!), a common tradition
  • Set up any babysitting you will need, or register for that at your shul (here are ideas about what to do at home)
  • Find or buy machzorim for everyone who needs them, and tehillim or other reading material
  • Ask about shiurim or any other shailot you have
  • Yahrzeit candle (if needed)
  • Set up non leather shoes or slippers for each member of the family
  • Set up for kapparot if you do it, whether with chickens, money, or something else
  • If you/dh has the tradition of mikveh erev Yom Kippur, find out times or set up an appointment
  • Prepare three EASY, not spicy, not salty meals: two for pre-fast and one for post-fast (more ideas here)
  • Ask for honey cake (lekach) if it is your tradition to do so
  • Prepare food for kids on Yom Kippur in advance, preferably things they can get themselves or manage with little help from you. (I pack lunches for my kiddos.)
  • Set up your own candles
  • Bless your kids: Regular plus priestly blessing and the wish to be sealed in book of life

May you be signed and sealed in the Book of LIFE!

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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