Jewish holidays and food. One simply goes with the other. This is indisputable. Certain symbolic foods and/or ingredients are sought out on special occasions, while others are avoided. Food and observance are unconditionally linked, and it is often the case that we are either feasting or fasting, most likely the former. And so, with the Eve of Yom Kippur at sundown on Wednesday, October 8th, we feast… before we fast (with a big feast to follow of course!).
The final meal prior to sunset on Erev Yom Kippur provides us with the physical strength needed for the 25 hour fast of Yom Kippur. The meal still needs to be somewhat light and easy to digest, and foods such as chicken and soup are common. For those of you who observe this holiday, I wish you all an easy fast.
At the table where I’ll be eating tonight, the menu is as follows:
Matzoh Ball Soup
Homemade challot (traditional braided breads) served with honey
Chicken, boiled beef
Vegetables from soup – cabbage, carrots, leeks
Thinly sliced carrots cooked with honey and golden raisins
Fruit Salad (made with at least one dozen fruits, including fresh figs, mango, passion fruit, strawberries, grapes, mini kiwis, pineapple, orange and pears. Red and golden raspberries added when serving)
Hazelnut Orange Cake (recipe to follow)
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