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Fascinating Food Facts

October 6, 2005
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Although no food is eaten on Yom Kippur, there are a great number of traditions that have to do with food. Families have their own preferences about what is eaten before and after the fast. Many families have a full holiday meat meal before the fast - complete with nice tablecloths, dishes and silver. After the holiday, for the "break-the-fast," most families serve a dairy meal with herring, smoked fish and kugel.

Some families traditionally break the fast with a cup of hot tea, others with a glass of tomato or fruit juice.

What kind of food will your "break-the-fast" include?

Some traditional items include lox and herring, cheeses, green salads with dressing, tuna or egg salads, fresh fruit platters, bagels and cream cheese, sliced red onions and tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, noodle kugel, cheese or fruit blintzes, cakes, sweet desserts and light beverages.

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