What to do During Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is a Jewish holiday dedicated to fasting and self-denial. This is when Jews abstain from food, sexual relations and everything that will give them personal pleasure. Yom Kippur is an important day on the Jewish calendar and all Jews devote their day to fasting and prayers.

  1. Prepare yourself for fasting by reducing your coffee intake (or other caffeinated drinks) days before Yom Kippur. Drink as much water as possible.
  2. Avoid doing any kind of activities during Yom Kippur. The day should be spent for prayers and reflections.
  3. Yom Kippur is a day of repentance. Make an effort to reconcile with people you had misunderstandings with. This is very crucial before participating in Yom Kippur services.
  4. Surround yourself with family and friends when you are to break the fast after Yom Kippur. Say a motzi (blessing) and serve some light meal. It is customary to eat dairy products in breaking a Yom Kippur fast. Bread and honey may also be served to symbolize the sweetness of God’s forgiveness of sins.

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