Question: What does Yom Kippur mean?
Answer: Yom Kippur – “Ki Purim,” as the day (Yom) of Purim. “Kippur” is “Redemption,” “Purim” from the word “Pur,” which means fate.
Therefore, Yom Kippur shows all our transgressions, which we must gradually correct. From Yom Kippur to Hanukkah, we correct our bestowing desires to be only in bestowal, and from Hanukkah to Purim, we also correct the qualities of reception so that they are directed to bestowal. And in this way, we come to the Purim holiday.
There are certain prohibitions on Yom Kippur; people do not drink, do not wear leather clothes, and so on. This means that we find egoistic inclusions in all our desires, and therefore we cannot use them.
The five types of prohibitions correspond to five types of restriction because our egoistic desire consists of five levels. Each level corresponds to food, drink, clothing, and so on.
Question: Why can’t we wear leather clothes on this day?
Answer: Clothes (“Levush“) means that you have a Kli (Vessel), a certain correction, and then you can dress in such clothing. But in fact, you discover that all your desires are egoistic, and therefore you cannot clothe in them. The prohibition is in order not to use uncorrected desires.
A Kabbalist in his spiritual advancement fulfills these prohibitions, meaning, restrictions to his desires, checks himself, and acts accordingly.
Question: Do we also need to observe this in our world?
Answer: Well, in our world this exists as customs. Otherwise, they would not be passed from generation to generation for the people, and would exist only among Kabbalists who understand their essence and act in this way. Moreover, Kabbalists do this not on the calendar day of Yom Kippur, but every time they are in such a state.
Question: What does a Kabbalist ask for on this day?
Answer: He asks the Creator to help him to go beyond his egoism. He has no other requests.
There can be only two types of appeals to the Creator. The first is with gratitude for having received such a special work, the second is with a request for strength to rise even higher to the quality of bestowal.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur” 10/10/19