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Yom Kippur - Rabbanite Misconceptions


Our sages wrote:

The way the Rabbanites have widened the meaning of the phrase, "you shall afflict your souls," in order to include in it the prohibition of other things, by applying it to other biblical instances of the word "affliction" alone, without the addition of the word "soul" is unjustified. These additional prohibitions include the prohibition of anointing the body with oil, wearing leather shoes, and washing with water. Do they not admit themselves that the penalty of being cut-off applies solely to eating and drinking?