Yom Kippur – The Fast And The Feast (And A Linky Party!)

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Next week we will be observing the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.  The Bible speaks of this day as being one on which we are to afflict our souls.  The Hebrew word that is used for “soul” is nefesh, and one of the meanings of this word is “seat of appetite, emotions, passions”.  Traditionally, it is understood that to “afflict your soul” means to fast.

Our family always tries to fast on Yom Kippur.  When we children were younger, or my mother was pregnant or nursing, we would not completely fast from food but would only eat something very simple and plain.

We usually refrain from doing hobby-like activities, or things that we enjoy to do.  It is a time of prayer, meditation and self-reflection.  It is also a time to celebrate the gift of salvation through our Messiah, and that we no longer have to sacrifice animals to atone for our sins …

“… but we also joy in God through our Lord Yeshua Messiah, by whom we have now received the atonement.” – Romans 5:11

Once the day is over, we like to celebrate with a festive meal.  Last year my mother had been in Delaware caring for her mother and her flight was scheduled to come home on Yom Kippur.  Normally we would try not to travel on this day but it had already been scheduled and could not be changed.  So my siblings and I planned the menu and prepared the food – and had a great time doing it!

I would like to follow a similar menu this year … it is still tentative but this is what I’m thinking of:


Salmon and Cod – my father found some on sale so I asked him to get it for next week.  I usually bake salmon fillets with butter and lots of spices on top.  I have done something similar for cod but I may want to try something new this time.  Do you have a favorite salmon or cod recipe?  If so, please share it!


Green Bean Casserole – I made this recipe last year and it was yummy!  I am looking forward to making it again because I have been on a candida cleanse/diet for over a month, which has been strictly no-dairy.  This recipe includes a little cheese and this will be my first time to have any in quite awhile!


Roasted Potatoes or Baked Sweet Potatoes – one of our favorite ways to cook white potatoes is to cut them into small chunks and toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary.  Then bake them in the oven until they’re tender and crispy.  But we may end up baking sweet potatoes instead!


Homemade Sauerkraut – have you ever made your own sauerkraut?  We do!  It is very easy, very tasty, and very good for you.  I will try to post the recipe soon.


Coconut Cream Pie – I would like to try out this recipe.  I have been using a lot of coconut on the diet since it helps fight candida, and this looks like a good and healthy option!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie – my father doesn’t care for coconut, so I plan to make this recipe for him since chocolate and peanut butter is one of his favorite combinations!

How does that sound? 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Yom Kippur – The Fast And The Feast (And A Linky Party!)

  1. I have a question. What did you guys do all day when you were really little? Did you play with toys, do coloring sheets, or just more or less sit around while the adults read Scripture? I struggle with how to occupy my little ones.

    1. You expect me to remember that far back? 🙂

      I guess we have done different things different years but as best as I can remember, we would avoid toys/games that did not have a Biblical/spiritual connotation, although when we were really young that was probably different. I think the age range has a lot to do with it … Biblical coloring sheets or word puzzles are great for certain ages, but won’t keep a toddler occupied! We actually used to have a “Shabbat box” that had toys, games, Bible story felts, etc that could only be played with on Shabbat or festivals. At some point we got away from that but it was really nice when we were young – just another way to set apart the special day.

      1. Todah! I’ve wanted to do a Shabbat basket for a while. I just need to make it a priority. I’m looking forward to teaching the children about Yom Kippur. Isaac’s already getting into it. 🙂

  2. Oh man. My mouth is watering. Fish is one of my favorite foods! And that green bean casserole looks great! And I really like Sauerkraut (especially when put into berox).
    GASP! And coconut cream pie!!
    Drat. Now I’m hungry.

  3. What I usually do with fish is similar to what you mentioned, but the differences might be enough that you would want to try it…

    Preheat the oven to high (about 400), and grease a glass baking dish (I use palm shortening in a 8×8). Place the fillets of cod or salmon (they can be frozen or thawed, personally I like frozen because it stays firmer) in the baking dish and dot with butter. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and/or orange juice all over the fish (a few tablespoons?), and then sprinkle liberally with lemon pepper seasoning and your favorite no-salt seasoning (i.e. original Mrs. Dash). Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake until fish flakes easily with a fork but doesn’t utterly fall apart.

    My favorite accompaniments are baked sweet potatoes and asparagus. I can also provide instructions for how I do those, if you’re interested. 🙂

    1. Oh I’ll have to try that with fish … does it add a really strong citrus flavor? And yes, I’d love to hear your recipes for asparagus and sweet potatoes … I actually have some asparagus in the fridge that needs to be eaten!

      1. Well, with the sweet potatoes you can just clean them up, cut off the ends, wrap them in foil, and bake at 350 for about an hour. However, that way you still have to deal with scooping out the innards or peeling them individually once they’re hot. What I prefer to do these days is to “peel” them with a knife, which is harder than peeling russet potatoes- you have to cut them in half (short-wise across the middle) and lay the cut side down, and then slice off long thin layers until it’s clean. Once they’re peeled, you cut them in 2 inch chunks and put them in a steamer for 15-20 minutes or until all the pieces are soft. Presto! You serve the chunks and everybody can mash and butter and salt them to their hearts content.

        With asparagus, you need to wash and pat them dry, and then cut off the stem ends- a minimum of 1 centimeter to get rid of the dried out part, but some of the stems will need more trimmed: the white parts are what is stringy and hard to chew. Ideally, you want thinner, younger shoots that are entirely green. Once that has been done, preheat the oven to 425 and oil a glass pan with olive oil. Cut the shoots into 3 inch lengths, usually that is thirds of the length the grocery stores offer. Place them all in the glass pan and then drizzle them with a little olive oil, and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Stir them up to make sure everything is coated with oil and salt and pepper evenly. Bake for 20-40 minutes- it varies because of the size of the shoots. IT IS EXTREMELY important that you do not overcook them, as soggy asparagus is why many people mistakenly think asparagus is gross. You can tell that they are done but not overdone if you can EASILY poke it with a fork and it DOESN’T just slide off and it should still be BRIGHT GREEN. If it’s not bright green, they are overcooked. As soon as you take it out of the oven, sprinkle it heavily with parmesan cheese (the stringy real stuff is best), and put it back into the heat-turned-off oven for 1 minute to melt the cheese.

  4. We like to bake salmon also. But with cod we prefer to make chowder with potatoes, onions, and milk. My sister made Mediterranean cod fish balls cooked in tomato sauce last week. They were really good and they reheat nicely too.
    May you have a spiritually rich Day of Atonement.

  5. Sounds delicious! I’ll take an “extra” slice of that chocolate peanut butter pie, please.
    Thanks for sharing with #What to Read Wednesday. We hope you will join us again next week.

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