Because believe us, the traditional meal to break the fast of Yom Kippur -- the bagels piled high with cream cheese and lox, the onions and tomatoes and capers and lemon that accompany them -- is a beautiful thing. It's a necessary thing (no cooking during the day!). And when our heads are buzzing and our hands are trembling and we yearn for the day to end, it's exactly what we want.
But there's no reason you can't make your feast better. And so we're telling you to think a day or two ahead, and to make spreads and condiments for your bagels and lox -- and to justify eating a fourth bagel or a tenth piece of toast. You thought bagels and cream cheese were all you wanted to break the fast? Think again.