Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year for Jews. Fasting begins 20 minutes before sundown and ends after nightfall the following day. Jewish fast days not only include abstaining from food, but water as well.

Because the fast is not always easy and can be challenging on the body, we make sure to keep our break fast very simple without a lot of sweets or spicy food. I like to serve a salad, some soup and end with very light desserts. While it’s not the break fast that my husband grew up with (bagels, cream cheese, lox and loads of gooey desserts), every year he thanks me for making light food that helps him to feel good when he stops fasting and starts eating.

I start our break fast by serving everyone a cup of hot apple cider which give people a comforting hit of liquid as well as calories.

I also like to serve soup since it is refreshing and again, is another dish with liquid to quench the thirst that builds up during a 24 hour plus fast. If you are having a lot of people over after Yom Kippur for break fast, then think about serving soup to your guests in mugs.

Have a Happy New Year and an easy fast.


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