Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year for Jews.
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!
Yom Kippur is our Day of Atonement, or as our Rabbi Tirzah Firestone says, at-one-ment. I love that.
What does Yom Kippur mean? The literal translation is:
Yom (יוֹם) = day
Kippur (כִּפּוּר) = atone
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Along these lines, what is the proper Yom Kippur greeting? In our family on Yom Kippur, we say, have an easy fast.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Since my bagels are made with almond flour, they won’t spike your blood sugar post-fast.
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.
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? 😜
If you’re in the mood for something more traditional you’ll have to try my fan-favorite Cinnamon Apple Cake.
But Paleo Honey Cake is another beloved recipe that you don’t want to miss out on. Which cake will you make?
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.
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.