How To Fast On Yom Kippur


If you’re a foodie, Yom Kippur is the worst day of the year. But here are some tips that will make it easier.

Drink A Lot of Water

A few days before Yom Kippur, try to eliminate caffeine, alcohol, sugary drinks and other non-water beverages from your diet. All those chemicals that keep you going induce cravings, something you definitely don’t need to be dealing with on the holiday.

Don’t Stuff Yourself

People stuff themselves before the Yom then fast the next day. Not good! That’s like binge eating. Eat a normal meal like you would any other night. Some websites say to eat carbs like pasta and rice. I’m not sure if it matters so much, one way or the other. Just remember that it’s one day without food, not a decade.

Prepare Break Fast Food In Advance

There’s nothing worse than feeling starved and cooking! Make deli and casserole style food in advance so that when the fast is over, you can curl up on the couch and nom nom nom like a normal person.

Hope you have a meaningful fast!

  • Rabbi Joel Levinson, BCC

    Don’t forget to take “meds” during Yom Kippur & follow directions such as take with water/food etc. Our Torah says we are to “live by them” (the commandments), not die because of them. Can’t begin to say what it feels like to be on the bimah watching as an ambulance takes a congregant to the local hospital because they insist on fasting or not taking “meds” despite their doctors warnings.
    May all of us be sealed in the Book of Life for 5772!

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