|Yom Kippur (2)|
/ On Erev Yom Kippur at Shacharis one omits Mizmor LeSodah, Tachnun, Avinu Malkeinu.
One who did not do Hatoras Nedorim yet, can still do it on Erev Yom Kippur.
It is customary for Lekach to be distributed on Erev Yom Kippur.
The Mitzvah of the day is eating and drinking. Women are included in this mitzvah. It is a mitzvah even for those who due to illness will not be fasting on Yom Kippur. Thus it is customary to eat TWO meals on Erev Yom Kippur, one late morning/ early afternoon and the second serves as the Seudah Hamafsekes. Fish is eaten at the first meal but not at the second. One should wash for these meals. The table should be set just like for Shabbos and Yom Tov with a nice tablecloth and lit candles.
It is customary to eat kreplach on Erev Yom Kippur.
For the Seudah Hamafsekes one should eat easily digested foods and avoid eating anything sharp, spicy or very salty that will cause the person to be thirsty during the fast.
Since one is not permitted to carry on Yom Kippur, it is advisable to bring machzorim, candles and whatever is needed earlier to shul.
One is permitted to take before the fast, time release pills that are presently available on the market to make fasting easier. (Nitei Gavriel)