Yom Kippur is a Day of Atonement for Jews the world over.
As the name suggests, it is the time of year when practicing Jews make amends for past sins.
On the Jewish religious calendar, Yom Kippur is the end of the spiritual New Year celebrations that began with Rosh Hashana when Jews look back on their transgressions of the past year and ask for forgiveness.
When is Yom Kippur this year? This year, Yom Kippur begins at sunset Sunday, September 24 and ends at nightfall on Monday, September 25, 2023.
Traditionally, the day is spent in prayer and fasting, beginning before sunset on the evening before Yom Kippur and ending after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur.
At Orthodox synagogues, all-day services beginning in the morning, and continuing until about mid-afternoon, followed by evening services continuing until nightfall. Yom Kippur services conclude with closing prayers and the blowing of the shofar.
Meals & Recipes for Yom Kippur
Breaking fast at Yom Kippur with
dishes made with apples or honey
symbolize the sweetness of life
Following a full day of serious contemplation -- and no eating or drinking -- 'breaking fast' is one of the most anticipated traditions of Yom Kippur!
Traditionally, the break fast meal includes cheese or other dairy dishes, as well as apples and honey to celebrate the sweetness of life -- and egg dishes as a symbol of life and rebirth.
On a more practical note, these ingredients are usually easily digestible after a long fast, and can be combined in wide range of delicious dishes for celebrating the end of Yom Kippur. These might include egg quiches, omelets, souffles, French toast, cream cheese, or yogurt and honey
Most modern Jewish families will prepare breakfast meals beforehand and have them ready for their post holy day celebration. For this reason, easy make ahead meals are also very popular for breaking fast at Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur fun facts
Sandy Koufax decides to sit out
game 1 of the 1965 World Series.
• The common greeting among Jews on Yom Kippur is "have an easy fast".
• In addition to fasting, wearing white during the holiday is a tradition meant to symbolize purity.
• Jewish baseball pitcher Sandy Koufax made national headlines in 1965 when he decided not to pitch in game 1 of the World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.
• Egypt and Syria thought Israel would be distracted during the holy day and initiated what became known as the Yom Kippur War. It began on October 6, 1973 and it ended with a ceasefire on October 25th following Israel 's successful counterattack.
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