Why are we only worried about choking now?


In Orach Chaim 607:1 it says:

צריך להתודות במנחה קודם סעודה המפסקת‎‎‎‎

One must say vidui at mincha prior to the final meal before the fast.

The Mishnah Berurah explains:

קודם סעודה המפסקת - שמא יארע לו דבר קלקלה בסעודה שיחנק או שתטרף דעתו ולא יוכל להתודות אח"כ

Prior to the final meal before the fast- Perhaps something bad will happen to him, that he'll choke or become crazy, and he won't be able to confess afterwards.

Why are we only concerned now that maybe he will choke before saying viduy, is it not possible that he can choke on a different day, and he will end up not saying viduy on Yom Kippur1?

  1. So everyone should have to say a full viduy on every day.

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Perhaps people are more likely to stuff their faces dangerously if they know they won't be able to eat for 25 hours? ‭AA​ ‭ about 1 month ago

@AA Even if that’s the correct answer, surely the same logic should apply for at least Erev Tisha B’Av? ‭DonielF‭ about 1 month ago

or at least we should be told to lean to the left ‭rosends‭ 28 days ago

@Doniel indeed I say as many viduyim on erev tisha bav before my meal as I do after ‭AA​ ‭ 19 days ago

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The Baal Shem Tov writes:

וביום הכיפורים לית ליה רשות לאסטוני (יומא ד"כ ע"א), על כן בא השטן בכל כחו לקטרג על כל אדם

On the day of Yom Kippur, [the Satan] has no permission to prosecute, therefore the Satan is coming in full force to prosecute everyone.

Since the Satan can't harm us on Yom Kippur, he will do whatever he can the day before Yom Kippur to punish us, even about a sin that is small enough to get away with on a normal day. Therefore, we are concerned that maybe someone will do a small sin, and the Satan will cause him to choke.


Does he connect this to our question, or is that your connection? ‭msh210‭ 28 days ago

@msh210 I heard this from someone else, and the way he said it seems to be that the Baal Shem Tov himself connects it. ‭Dani‭ 28 days ago

Also, the fact that the Satan can't do anything on Yom Kippur is what the Gemara (Yoma 20a) says; it isn't his own idea. ‭Dani‭ 28 days ago

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