A 2008 Israeli study concluded that Jews see Yom Kippur in many different ways, but three perspectives were most prevalent.
Some view Yom Kippur as an extremely holy day for atonement and for restoring their relationship with God. Some consider it a day of serious contemplation and self-examination. Some see it as a “day of rest at home.”
Although views on the holiday itself differ, a majority of Jews are likely to attend some sort of celebratory “break-fast” meal. It is often traditional to begin the meal with salty foods, such as herring. The reason? According to “The Jewish Book of Why,” Jews do not drink water during the fast and the salt encourages them to add fluids to their body. For dessert, honey and sweet fruits symbolize the hope for a happy life this New Year.
Ilene Spector is a local free-lance writer who writes a monthly Food Talk column and a twice-monthly cooking column for the BALTIMORE JEWISH TIMES.