Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement


The most solemn religious fast of the Jewish year, the last of the ten days of penitence that begins with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year)-Oxford Dictionary

Yom Kippur, in Hebrew, means Day of Atonement. During the ten days beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur, Jews atone for the sins of the past year. Yom Kippur “only atones for sins between man and God,” not for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person we seek reconciliation with them between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Jewish people do not work and refrain from eating or drinking on Yom Kippur.

The 25 hour fast begins as the sun sets on the evening before and ends after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur. Jews celebrate after the 25 hour fast spending the evening with family and friends at a gathering called “Break the Fast.” The recipes are comfort foods because people have fasted for 25 hours and the woman of the house cannot cook until after nightfall when Yom Kippur ends.

A typical menu includes bagel and lox platters, noodle kugel, blintzes, quiche, salads, fruit platters, coffee cakes and more. The meal is a mix of feast and love for family. A celebration.

My husband Shelly and I will be with our Chicago family of fifty members - or more - how lucky is that!?

To all my Jewish and non-Jewish readers, I wish you a very happy New Year! May you be blessed and your year ahead “be as sweet as honey.”