Yom Kippur Traditional Meals

If you’re planning a feast for the next Jewish holiday, there are some Yom Kippur traditional meals you should make sure you make. Yom Kippur is the holiest holiday for Jewish people. This holiday requires fasting for twenty-five hours, so no food is actually eaten during Yom Kippur. However, Jewish law states that a big, hearty meal should be eaten just before sundown signaling the beginning of Yom Kippur. This is both for celebration and to help sustain people for the fast ahead.

  1. The Yom Kippur feast should begin with the symbolic breaking of challah bread, followed by an appetizer. Chicken soup with matzah balls is one common traditional Yom Kippur food, but vegetable or fruit platters can also be used.
  2. Main dishes for Yom Kippur are often turkey or chicken. Beef brisket is also a common food for this holiday.
  3. One of the most common side dishes for a traditional Yom Kippur feast is kugel. Different cooks make this casserole type dish different ways. It can contain noodles, potatoes, vegetables or cheese. Other traditional foods for Yom Kippur side dishes include sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans.
  4. For anyone that still has room after all this, a typical dessert for Yom Kippur can be honey cake or kugel made a different way. Some kugel resembles custard and can contain any combination of sugar, cinnamon, raisins, or sliced fruit such as pineapples.

Sharing traditional Yom Kippur foods is a good way to bring the family together and celebrate the beginning of this Jewish holiday, as most of the holiday itself is spent in prayer, either at home or in the synagogue.


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