Paleo Yom Kippur Break Fast

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year for Jews.

Paleo Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu

Because Yom Kippur involves fasting for over 24 hours, I keep our Yom Kippur Break Fast menu light and very healthy. After going without food and water for this long it’s important to resume eating in a simple way!

What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is our Day of Atonement, or as our Rabbi Tirzah Firestone says, at-one-ment. I love that.

Yom Kippur Meaning?

What does Yom Kippur mean? The literal translation is:

Yom (יוֹם) = day

Kippur (כִּפּוּר) = atone

When is Yom Kippur?

In case you’re wondering, when is Yom Kippur 2020, I’ve got you covered. This year, Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Sunday, September 27th, referred to as Erev Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur Fasting

Fasting for Yom Kippur begins 20 minutes before sundown and ends after nightfall the following day. Why fast on Yom Kippur? We do so to lessen our grip on the corporeal and come closer to spiritual holiness as we repent for our sins.

Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur

The period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur is known as the Days of Awe. This ten-day period of introspection culminates in Yom Kippur. These two High Holy Days are the only ones in Judaism, and very important to us.

I love Jewish New Year and have a healthy low-carb Rosh Hashanah Menu that we enjoy for our New Year’s celebration. After that comes our fantastic keto Yom Kippur Break Fast tradition.

How is Yom Kippur Observed?

On the eve of Yom Kippur, we eat a festive meal before the holiday starts. We then pray, seek atonement and forgiveness, and give to charity, typically gathering in synagogue when there is not a pandemic.

Some of the sins we may be repenting for this year.

Can You Say Happy Yom Kippur?

I’m often asked, is it ok to say Happy Yom Kippur? The answer to that is not really. That’s because Yom Kippur is a Holy Day, not a holiday. Yom Kippur is not a celebration, but a solemn day to repent and atone for our sins.

What Can You Say on Yom Kippur?

Along these lines, what is the proper Yom Kippur greeting? In our family on Yom Kippur, we say, have an easy fast.

Food for Yom Kippur

On Yom Kippur, a fast day, we abstain from food and water. Because a liquid-free fast can be stressful, I don’t include many spicy foods or sweets at our Yom Kippur Break Fast.

Paleo Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu

Although my husband grew up breaking the fast with heavy foods and rich desserts, he thanks me every year for making simple, wholesome foods for our Yom Kippur Break Fast. Here’s our menu for you!

Homemade Hot Apple Cider recipe

Homemade Hot Apple Cider

I used to love breaking my fast with Homemade Hot Apple Cider because it’s so soothing, autumnal, and refreshing.

Now that I’m on the Keto Diet I go for the protein and fat below for Yom Kippur Break Fast. Mr. Pantry and the boys love apple cider and I still make it for them.

matzo ball soup

Matzo Ball Soup

I love serving mugs of my Keto Matzo Ball Soup. What could be better than yummy matzo balls made with low-carb almond flour?!

My other Keto Soup Recipes are also an incredibly refreshing way to ease the thirst that builds up during a long fast.

If I’m too busy to make my stock from scratch, my shortcut is Kettle & Fire chicken bone broth which tastes almost as good as my Bubby’s.

Paleo Mini Bagels

Paleo Mini Bagels

Paleo Mini Bagels are perfect little bites of Yom Kippur Break Fast goodness with my Cucumber Salad.

Since my bagels are made with almond flour, they won’t spike your blood sugar post-fast.

Low-Carb Orange Chocolate Macadamia Biscotti

Orange Chocolate Biscotti

These low-carb Orange Chocolate Biscotti are a great dessert and remind me of the Mandel bread or mandelbrot my Bubby made for us growing up.

For those that aren’t on a Low-Carb Diet, Homemade Applesauce is pretty fantastic as well.

I made the mistake of only making my boys homemade apple sauce when they were growing up and now they’re not too keen on the store-bought version. What can I say? 😜

cinnamon apple cake

Cinnamon Apple Cake

If you’re in the mood for something more traditional you’ll have to try my fan-favorite Cinnamon Apple Cake.

Paleo Honey Cake

Paleo Honey Cake

But Paleo Honey Cake is another beloved recipe that you don’t want to miss out on. Which cake will you make?

Low-Carb Yom Kippur Break Fast

Strange times we are living in with Zoom services and gatherings for our virtual High Holy Days. Not sure how much Yom Kippur Break Fast cooking I’ll be doing this year given that gatherings are small and socially distant.

What Are Your Yom Kippur Plans?

How do you plan to observe Yom Kippur and what will you make?

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives, I first published it in 2012.

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27 responses to “Paleo Yom Kippur Break Fast”

  1. Thanks for posting the matzah ball soul as a break fast item this year. We tried them this year and the soup and the matzah balls really did the trick. They were not as dense and clunky as I thought they might be. Almond flour works great!
    Thank you, thank you. Tonight is now Simchat Torah with virtual dancing about to take place.

  2. Actually, many rabbis will say that YK is a happy holiday as God is willing to forgive us of our transgressions if we seek repentance/teshuva in the proper manner- Rosh Hashana actually less happy as we are supposed to be judged on our merits. In any view, gamar hatima tova and thanks for all of your delicious recipes and advice for all of us- Stay well and thank you

  3. This was so interesting, Elana. Thank you for sharing also some of the meaning behind these Holy Days. I am not Jewish, and did know the real meaning behind the names, and I loved what your Rabbi said – “at-one-meant”. Wonderful. And I will certainly be giving some of these recipes a try (since everything of yours always works!) and can now consume them mindfully, thinking of the tradition. Thank you for what you do in this world, you make a real difference in people’s lives with your recipes and books and information. Certainly in mine! All the best, Christine

    • Christine, thanks for your sweet and wonderful comment, I really appreciate it. So glad we can share our diverse experiences here and learn from each other :-)

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