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Brandeis community joins as one to "Break the Fast"

Brandeisians flocked to the Great Lawn at sundown on Yom Kippur

break the fastPhoto/Simon Chasalow '21

Students sit together and break their fasts on Yom Kippur.

Brandeis students from all backgrounds, faiths and creeds joined one another last Saturday evening to mark the conclusion of Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement — by “Breaking the Fast.”

Yom Kippur, a sacred holiday on the Jewish calendar, calls Jews to fast from sunset to sunset and to make amends for their sins. Fasting is not only a sign of observance of the holiday, but also an act that symbolizes self-cleansing.

Hundreds on campus came together underneath a large tent on the Great Lawn to mark the holiday and be with the Jewish community as they broke their fast, feasting on bagels, lox, deviled eggs and — an annual favorite —pizza bagels.

Break the Fast, which was created by Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel to celebrate Jewish life on campus and to build community, is now in its seventh year.

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