Prior to sunset, we partake of the final meal, called the seudah hamafseket, the "separation meal"—separating between the weekday and holiest day of the year. Again, this is a festive meal, and the challah is dipped in honey. Only easy-to-digest foods are on the menu, such as chicken and soup. No intoxicating beverages, and it is also customary not to eat fish at this meal.

If one wishes to eat after the conclusion of this meal, when reciting the Grace after Meals he should have in mind that he still intends on eating or drinking until the onset of the fast.

One should stop eating at candle lighting time. Click here to find out what time this is in your location.

Bless the Children

It is customary for parents to bless their children immediately before the fast. There is no required formula for this blessing, but it is customary to say:

The L‑rd spoke to Moses saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying: This is how you shall bless the children of Israel, saying to them:
"May the L‑rd bless you and watch over you.
"May the L‑rd cause His countenance to shine to you and favor you.
"May the L‑rd raise His countenance toward you and grant you peace."
They shall bestow My Name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

For a son: May G‑d make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.
For a daughter: May G‑d make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah.