The Star of David is seen on top of the synagogue in Halle, eastern Germany, on October 9, 2020, on the first anniversary of the anti-Semitic attack on the synagogue. - Last year's attack on the synagogue in Halle came on October 9 during Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, and was one of the worst acts of anti-Semitic violence in Germany's post-war history. Two people were shot dead after an extremist tried and failed to storm a synagogue. The 28-year-old neo-Nazi suspect is currently on trial for the crime. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP) (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Best Type Of Food To Break Your Yom Kippur Fast
Yom Kippur (a.k.a. Day of Atonement) wraps up the timeframe on the Jewish calendar known as the Days of Awe, which focuses on prayer and atonement for the failings of the previous year so the new year can begin with a clean slate. This date includes a 25-hour fast, and if you're not sure how to break your fast, we have some ideas for you.
If you’re an Ashkenazi Jew (your lineage traces to Eastern and Central Europe), you’re probably going to break your Yom Kippur fast with a big, fat bagel stuffed with cream cheese and some type of smoked fish. This is a classic way to break the fast for American Jews, most of whom, like the rest of the world's population, are Ashkenazi.
A bagel loaded all the fixings — scallions, cream cheese, sliced tomatoes, capers, and smoked fish — is a delightful indulgence after a full day of fasting, but an empty stomach may not appreciate a large, fatty starch bomb. To gently ease into breaking your fast, start with a glass of water or tea, then try moving on to a bowl of hot chicken noodle soup.