Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Breaking the fast by breaking bread


Here in Jerusalem Yom Kippur ended at 6:07 pm.
As  the 26-hour no-food no-water fast came to an end, all thoughts turned toward food and drink.

Fortunately, on my last visit to the shuk (Mahane Yehuda market), I stocked up on special bread at the tiny bakery on Jaffa Street.

The growing line of customers waited patiently and with understanding  as dark smoke started escaping from the oven and the baker/seller opened the door and dashed inside.
He quickly peeled the round  Bukharan bread from the ceiling and brought out a stack.

Then he took some kind of long, flat, stiff breads off the sides of the oven. (Next time I'll ask what they are called.)
It is a mystery to me how the loaves just stick to the oven and don't fall.


Cloudia said...


Can't wait!

Aloha from Honolulu,

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Hels said...

What a great way to break the fast, on Bukharan bread. The aromas would have had you salivating, even before the first bite.

By the way, I would love to have ended the fast as early as 6:07 pm. Our days are getting longer and longer.

Kay said...

I can just imagine how incredibly tasty it must be after a long fast.

JM said...

Glad you wrote the last sentence, I might have missed that. Amazing!

Sara said...

It does seem very mysterious about the bread not falling as it bakes! Fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Much respect upon spending such long amount of time without water and food.

In my opinion, a role model.

Like the metaphoric thought of the comment from Sara.

Please have a good Friday.

VP said...

26 hours! I can't resist two and half... I like that bread!

Green said...

Happy Yom Kippur! So you fast just the way I used to do. Jerusalem is indeed an open space museum of history.

toby said...

That's absolutely amazing!