Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast

The Fellowship  |  October 3, 2022

Jewish people break Yom Kippur fast
(Photo: wikicommons/Sam Litvin)

When the Jewish people begin their observance of Yom Kippur at sundown – the observance of the holiest day of the year – for 25 hours they will focus on this, the Day of Atonement, and refrain from certain activities. These five activities include: no eating or drinking, no wearing of leather shoes, no bathing or washing, no use of perfumes or lotions, and no marital relations.

While a large meal will be eaten before Yom Kippur begins, this holy day can leave one with an empty stomach, even if their heart has been renewed. But then, with full hearts, Jews break the fast with a special meal. Bagels and cream cheese, honey cakes (to continue the sweet new year!), and kugel are among the foods usually served. To our Jewish friends, a blessed Yom Kippur, and a blessed time breaking the fast.