Yom Kippur is observed eight days after Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. Many believe that G-d determines the fate of humankind for the coming year on Rosh Hashanah, inscribing everyone’s names into the Books of Life and Death. Then, on Yom Kippur, the judgment entered into these books is sealed. That’s why the traditional holiday greeting is Gmar Chatimah Tova—“May you be sealed for good.”
As the holiest of all Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, is the last chance to demonstrate repentance. As such, it’s a day of self-denial, complete with solemn prayer services and a 25-hour fast. This year, the holiday is from September 15 at sunset until September 16 at nightfall.
It’s crucial to prepare for Yom Kippur to make fasting as safe, healthy, and comfortable as possible. Breaking your fast properly is just as important to avoid shocking your digestive system.
Begin your preparations a week in advance. Here’s what to do:
Here are the best foods to eat for your Seudat HaMafseket (Meal of Cessation) before fasting for Yom Kippur:
Breaking your fast with the right food can help you avoid a stomachache. Follow these tips:
Here’s what to include in your joyful break-fast meal with friends and family:
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