from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. See kittle, v. t.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete form of kittle.
- n. A Yiddish name for an ample linen or cotton robe which orthodox Jews wear on three solemn occasions, namely, at nuptial ceremonies (by the bridegroom); at the seder service, on the first two evenings of Passover (by the master of ceremonies); and on the Day of Atonement. Pious Jews are also buried dressed in a kittel.
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Holidays I wear his kittel, and I prepare for the High Holidays from the mahzor of my uncle, Rabbi Mordechai Stern.
After leading her congregation in prayer, in preparation for the Torah service, Savina donned a kittel, a traditional burial shroud, to acknowledge that this celebration was also the beginning of the last chapter of her life.
I also changed into a kittel (white robe used as a shroud) during the ceremony because I wanted to acknowledge that I was on the journey to the end of my life.
The act of wrapping and unwrapping these objects in white cloths alludes not only to an ordinary physical act (albeit one that brings to mind the white kittel, the prayergown-turned-shroud, in which Orthodox Jews are buried), but also a metaphysical one — a metaphor for concealment and discovery.
And now we understand why we rehearse our death on Yom Kippur–why we say Vidui and wear a kittel and refrain from eating–why in the middle of this day, we send our proxy, now the cantor, into the dangerous emptiness at the center.
As I headed back down to the chapel in my white kittel, the special garment that is the color of mercy, worn only on the Day of Atonement, I heard a precocious five-year-old avouch nasally, “My Barbie wins”
The rabbi hung up his topcoat and hat and put on his skullcap and the white robe which was the conservative compromise on the orthodox kittel or grave vestment.
And now we understand why we rehearse our death on Yom Kippur-why we say Vidui and wear a kittel and refrain from eating-why in the middle of this day, we send our proxy, now the cantor, into the dangerous emptiness at the center.
Once the groom makes his way down the aisle, it's customary for Ashkenazi grooms to don a kittel, a white robe that's worn in the synagogue on Yom Kippur, and, like the bride's white dress, represents holiness and purity.
Yom Kippur -- when we do not eat or drink or engage in physical pleasure, and when there is a custom to wear a kittel like a shroud -- is a dress rehearsal for death.
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