Re: Kiddush on Yom Kippur

Akiva Miller (kgmiller@datacorinc.com)
Mon, 30 Dec 1996 09:34:24 -0500

Several posters have been puzzled about the apparent contradiction
between (A) the fact that the great majority of poskim seem to say that
kiddush is NOT said on Yom Kippur under any circumstances, not to
mention the fact that absolutely no one offers a text for such a
kiddush, and (B) the widely accepted story of Rav Yisroel Salanter
actually saying kiddush on Yom Kippur in order to impress upon his
people how important it was to eat during the cholera epidemic.

To me, there is an obvious and simple way to reconcile these two points.
Namely, that (A) refers to kiddush in the *technical* and *halachic*
sense, while (B) refers to kiddush in the *colloquial* sense, like how
on a Yahrzeit, some people "make a kiddush" -- ie, a snack -- in shul
after the normal weekday minyan. I suggest that Rav Salanter did NOT say
a long bracha analogous to the ones we say on Friday night or Yom Tov
night. He simply got up and said Hagafen, or maybe just a Shehakol, and
drank, and sent everyone home to also eat and drink.