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September 5, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
What Yom Kippur custom is derived from this verse?
יַ֣ד הָעֵדִ֞ים תִּֽהְיֶה־בּ֤וֹ בָרִאשֹׁנָה֙ לַהֲמִית֔וֹ וְיַ֥ד כָּל־הָעָ֖ם בָּאַחֲרֹנָ֑ה וּבִֽעַרְתָּ֥ הָרָ֖ע מִקִּרְבֶּֽךָ׃
Let the hands of the witnesses be the first against him to put him to death, and the hands of the rest of the people thereafter. Thus you will sweep out evil from your midst.
This is one of the sources as to why we beat our chest when saying the vidui on Yom Kippur.
Since we are accusing our heart of being responsible for our sins, we strike it.
This is similar to what happens when a person receives capital punishment. In such a case the accusing witness must cast the first stone.
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