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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. While Jews observe a strict fast on Yom Kippur day, there are traditions regarding food eaten before (Meal of Cessation, Seudat Mafseket) and after the fast (Break Fast).
  1. Pre-Fast Meal: Dairy Menu (6)
  2. Pre-Fast Meal: Meat Menu (7)
  3. Break Fast Menu (16)

About Yom Kippur
Learn about the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur Menu and Recipes
As repentance is the theme of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonment is a day of self-denial with the goal of cleansing ourselves of sins. Prayer services are lengthy and solemn, and a 25-hour fast is kept. Find tips for a healthy fast. Get menus and recipes for Yom Kippur's Meal of Cessation (Seudat Mafseket) and the Yom Yippur Break Fast.

Yom Kippur - Break Fast Meal
At the end of Yom Kippur, Jews traditionally share a joyful Break Fast meal with family and friends. The Yom Kippur Break Fast is generally a festive breakfast menu consisting of foods such as eggs, cheese, bread. This Yom Kippur Break Fast menu and recipes might help you decide what to serve after the fast.

Yom Kippur - Pre-Fast Meal of Cessation
Jews traditionally eat a Meal of Cessation - called Seudat Mafseket - before the Yom Kippur fast. My family eats a meat meal for lunch, and then we eat a hi-carb dairy dinner directly before the fast. The meat menu includes low-salt vegetable soup, breaded chicken, potatoes and dessert. The dairy menu includes egg souffle, whole wheat bagels with various spreads and fruit salad.

How to Prepare for a Healthy Fast
While hunger pains and weakness are an expected effect of the Yom Kippur fast, one need not dehydrate, faint or get sick while fasting. These are suggestions for ways to prepare oneself physically for a healthy fast.

About Italian Cuisine: La Vigilia di Yom Kippur
Italian Jews traditionally serve an abundant, unspiced meal before the Yom Kippur fast. To break the fast, they like to first eat sweets with coffee or tea, and then eat a light meal.

Aish.com: Menus for Before and After Yom Kippur
Aish.com offers tips and recipes for eating well before and after the fast.

Epicurious.com: Break the Fast Recipes
This is my favorite source for recipes to make and serve after the fast. The recipes can be made in advance because no one has energy to start cooking following a day of fasting. And the recipes are for food that is easy to digest and comforting after a day of fasting. Find blintzes and kugels, spreads for bagels, fish, eggs and sweets.

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