5 Reasons a Holiday About Fasting Is the Best Food Holiday - Yom Kippur

5 Reasons a Holiday About Fasting Is the Best Food Holiday - Yom Kippur
From The Kitchn - September 15, 2017

For many families and congregations, Yom Kippur is a very serious Jewish holiday. Meaning the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year and the whole point is to ask G-d and your fellow humans for forgiveness so you can start the year with a clean slate. The holiday includes a 24-hour fast.

When I was growing up, my (very) reform family took the holiday seriously in that we went to synagogue, fasted, and broke the fast with our extended family (thanks for hosting, Uncle Irv!). The way we were probably not serious enough was that we used to call it Yum Kippur amongst ourselves. (No disrespect intended, of course!) My brother and I came up with that pun because the food at break fast was our favorite.

Here's why a holiday about fasting is actually the best food holiday. At least in my opinion.

1. It's basically breakfast for dinner.

I am gonna go ahead and make a blanket statement: Everyone loves breakfast for dinner. Seriously, everyone. And most break fasts are essentially just breakfast for dinner. There are lots of bagels, bananas and strawberries in sour cream (do not knock it until you have tried it!), lox, orange juice, and more.

2. Kugel!

Kugel is an irresistible traditional baked noodle casserole. While there are a ton of different ways to make it either sweet or savory, my Bubbie (grandmother) used to make the best sweet version, covered with a buttery, graham cracker crumble and topped with canned cherry pie filling. Growing up, it was my favorite food, which was a bummer because Bubbie only made it a few times a yearat most. But she always made it for Yum Kippur! (She also, upon request, made it once for my birthday and stacked layers like a cake, adding candles and everything! She was the best!)

3. You are supposed to eat all the carbs.

4. You get to eat on the couch!

5. You are super hungry by the time it's okay to eat.


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