The Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur

is considered the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar. It occurs ten days after Rosh Hashanah and is a solemn day of repentance and intercession. It’s a time to seek forgiveness for sins and to make right with both God and people. For believers in Yeshua, Yom Kippur foreshadows the final judgement.

Preparation Timeline:

1. A few weeks before the Feast:

  • This day is traditionally marked by a fast, which means abstaining from food and drink for 24 hours. Begin preparing your body and mind for the fast.
  • Plan to read scriptures and prayers focused on repentance and forgiveness.

2. A few days before the Feast:

  • Prepare a light, healthy meal for breaking the fast at the end of Yom Kippur. The meal should be something easy on the stomach. Avoid overly spicy or rich foods.

3. Day before the Feast:

  • Eat a balanced and hydrating meal before starting your fast.

During the Day of Atonement:

Yom Kippur is a day of solemn rest. No work should be done. Begin the day with a time of prayer and confession. Reflect on the past year and ask for God’s forgiveness for any sins committed. Use this time to also forgive those who have wronged you.

Breaking the Fast:

Traditionally, the fast is broken after nightfall on Yom Kippur. A light meal is typically served.

Meal Ideas and Recipes:

  1. Vegetable Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook until softened.
  • Add the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, and mixed vegetables.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until all vegetables are tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  1. Bagels and Lox


  • Bagels
  • Cream cheese
  • Smoked salmon (lox)
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced red onion
  • Capers


  • Slice and toast the bagels.
  • Spread a layer of cream cheese on each bagel half.
  • Top with smoked salmon, cucumber slices, red onion, and capers.
  1. Fresh Fruit

Finish the meal with a selection of fresh fruit.

The Day of Atonement is a powerful time of reconciliation and renewal.

Stay tuned for our next post where we will guide you through the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

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