Pascale’s Kitchen: Yom Kippur fast, before & after

Once again, Yom Kippur has arrived, and it’s time to prepare the two special meals, one before and one just after this holy day. Both of these meals are important. The first prepares us for the fast and the second help us end it as smoothly as possible.Some people prepare a wonderful, festive meal as they do for all the Jewish holidays, whereas others just eat a regular meal as they would any other night. In order to make it easier for us go without eating and drinking for some 25 hours, it’s important to invest time and effort well ahead of time. The first thing we must do two days before the fast is to start drinking lots of water, at least two or three liters a day. If you normally get a headache when abstaining from caffeine, it’s best not to drink coffee the day before the fast. Learn more about Pascale’s Kitchen here>>I’ve been fasting since I was a little girl, and I’ve had lots of experience experimenting with foods that make the fast easier. Every year I try something new from a different cuisine. This year I chose to prepare a cake I remember from my childhood that is light and fluffy, and therefore perfect for eating right at the end of the fast alongside a hot cup of tea or a cold glass of lemonade.  Next, I’ve added a recipe for raisin-almond cookies that are popular in Tunisian cuisine. The cookies are made with chocolate inside, just like my children love, and which can be served with quince or grape jelly. For the meal, I recommend serving a whole chicken that is boiled in water and stuffed with all sorts of good things. The water turns into a tasty chicken stock that can be served as a first course before the chicken. You can also put the chicken in the oven for a few minutes before serving so that the outside becomes nice and crispy. Gmar Hatima Tova, may you be inscribed in the Book of Life!

ALMOND TORTE
Use a Wonder Pot with a 24-26 cm. diameter.5 eggs
3 egg yolks
½ cup water
3 cups (350 gr.) flour
2 cups (350 gr.) sugar
30 gr. chopped almonds
1 packet baking sodaBeat the eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl. (You can use an electric mixer if you prefer.) Slowly add the sugar and water while mixing. Slowly fold the flour in and then add the almonds and baking soda. Mix. Grease your pan and pour the mixture in. Bake in an oven that has been preheated to medium heat for 40 minutes. Level of difficulty: Medium.
Time: 1 hour.
Status: Pareve.ALMOND AND RAISIN COOKIES
Makes 6-8 cookies with 15-20 cm. diameter.1 cup oil
6 eggs
1½ cups sugar
½ cup light raisins
¾ cup chopped almonds
½ cup sesame seeds
Zest from 3 oranges
3 packets vanilla
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Interior Minister Aryeh Deri: Synagogues must remain open on Yom Kippur – Inside Israel

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri

Knesset Spokesperson

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who stated yesterday that he would only support the closure of synagogues if demonstrations were significantly restricted, clarified today that he believes the synagogues should remain open on Yom Kippur regardless of any other restrictions that are imposed by the government.

“Synagogues must be allowed to remain open on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year,” he wrote on Twitter this morning. “They can operate according to the ‘purple tag’ restricted outline that was already agreed upon in government, just as businesses are permitted to do. Alongside this, we are busy trying to prepare a great many additional places where prayers can be held all over the country, in order to enable people to pray outdoors [on Yom Kippur],” he noted.

Deri conceded that synagogues could be closed for the remainder of the lockdown period: “During the rest of the lockdown, if the Health Ministry objects to people gathering in enclosed spaces, we will all pray outdoors,” he wrote, adding that, “and of course, during the lockdown, anyone who wants to attend a protest will do so only in the vicinity of his home. It has to be made clear that the same law applies to both synagogues and protests.”

The government’s coronavirus cabinet is due to convene later today to reach final decisions on restrictions to be applied to synagogues, demonstrations, and the economy during the coming weeks of the lockdown. An hours-long meeting yesterday failed to achieve consensus on the key issues of Yom Kippur prayers and left-wing demonstrations outside the Prime Minister’s Residence.

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