Brandeis community comes together to "Break the Fast"

Hundreds of Brandeisians flocked to the Great Lawn at sundown on Yom Kippur to be with one another.

Photos/Mike Lovett

View the slideshow for photos from the event and to find out what what Break the Fast means to members of the campus community

Brandeis students from all faiths joined one another on Wednesday night to celebrate the conclusion of Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement — by “Breaking the Fast.”

Yom Kippur, widely considered the most 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 gathered in a large tent on the Great Lawn to mark the holiday and be with the Jewish community as they broke their fast, feasting on a seemingly endless supply of bagels, lox and deviled eggs.

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 sixth year.

Flagel was on hand to meet with students at this year’s event and served the annual Break the Fast favorite: pizza bagels.

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