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Yom Kippur


    Yom Kippur or as it is also known the Day of Atonement is the day on which God's judgment for the next year is sealed. It is the holiest day in the Jewish year. All families eat before sundown and then a 24-hour fast begins. All Jews are to try and attend the synagogue at some time to ask for forgiveness for their sins.

    At the special meal on the Eve of Yom Kippur, it is traditional for them to eat chicken. The meal is always finished with a piece of bread and a drink of water. This is symbolic food for the fast.

    After the fast the family comes together for a meal. Usually the meal starts with something sweet such as apple dipped in honey or a spoonful of homemade jam. This is followed by something salty such as herring, smoked salmon, or cured salmon with soured cream.


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