Food might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Yom Kippur, after all it is a fast day, but deciding what to eat before and after the fast is no easy task.
The Pre Fast Meal
The fast begins at sundown after the Seudah Hamafseket, the meal eaten right before the fast, but the day before the fast we are supposed to feast. Some have the custom to eat a large fish meal earlier in the day and some eat honey cake with their meal. For more information on these customs of Yom Kippur click here.
The seudah hamafseket is a festive meal and many have the custom to eat Kreplach Soup at this meal, there are kabalistic reasons for this custom. Aside from the customs it is most important that you eat well and drink a lot of water before the fast.
MORE: Jamie's Pre Fast Meal
In addition to kreplach soup here is a menu we can stand behind.
We love that this chicken is loaded with flavor but not too much salt, in fact we suggest leaving out any salt to taste. The spices and the fruits will give you all the flavor you need. The chicken cooks with hearty barley as one of the species which is a yummy, filling grain to be part of your pre fast meal.
Glazed carrots are a nice colorful side dish to round out this simple meal.
Keep dessert light with a simple dairy free ice cream or this homemade panna cotta.
Break the Fast
After the fast everyone comes home from synagogue and it is common for friends and family to gather together to enjoy a light meal.
We have tons of recipes for you to choose from and here is a planned break the fast menu that takes a nod from our favorite city, Jerusalem.
Instead of regular bagels, try our sesame coated oval shaped Jerusalem bagels and serve with labaneh and homemade gravlax.
Serve a Jerusalem kugel on the side, it's easy to make ahead and will be fun addition to your break the fast spread.
Serve our favorite Israeli treats for dessert, rugelach and halvah. Easy to buy or make your own.
For more menu ideas for both before and after the fast checkout our full Yom Kippur Collection.