Wishing an Easy Fast for those who observe Yom Kippur

Wishing an Easy Fast for those who observe Yom Kippur



This year, September 19th is Yom Kippur. Tonight at sundown, the Jewish community will commemorate Yom Kippur, which is also known as the Day of Atonement. Considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, this is traditionally observed with fasting and prayer, with the day often spent in synagogue services.

Jews believe the first Yom Kippur occurred after God gave Moses the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. When Moses came down from the mountain, he found the Israelites worshiping a gold idol calf. After they atoned for their sin, God forgave them and offered Moses a second set of tablets.

Typically, a joyful break-fast follows the day-long fast and prayer on Yom Kippur. It is the first meal after this 25-hour fast – so yes, it ends Thursday at nightfall – where friends and family come together to break bread. Yom Kippur break-fast foods often include eggs, bagels, fruit, noodle kugel, and cheese blintzes. If you’ve been invited to participate, CLICK HERE for some dietary pointers.

This year, Today is Yom Kippur              

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