Is it permitted to kiss (one’s wife or somebody else) on Yom Kippur?


One must not kiss one’s wife on Yom Kippur.

Although the principle prohibition is on marital relations, as ruled by the Shulchan Aruch (615:1), the Shulchan Aruch adds that a person must not sleep in the same bed as his wife, and the Mishnah Berurah (based on the Magen Avraham) adds that a person should likewise be careful to uphold the other harchakos that are customary when a person’s wife is a niddah (the Mishnah Berurah rules that this applies even during the day, and not only at night — though others (Taz) are lenient).

For people other than one’s wife there is no special restriction.

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