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Did You Take Your Caffeine Suppository at Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is about atonement, cleansing your soul and starting anew. And since atonement doesn’t come easy, it also requires self-affliction, mostly performed through fasting. But if the fasting and the no washing and the no wearing leather shoes and the ban on sexual relations isn’t enough, next year you might try to inserting a caffeine suppository into your anus.

Turns out many Jews, unable to go sundown to sundown without a caffeine jolt, use the small rectal pills to get them through the day. One Williamsburg pharmacy claimed to have sold 150 suppositories the day before Yom Kippur.

“It helps — you know, it’s hard to concentrate when you’re fasting and also addicted to caffeine, one Orthodox Brooklynite, Baruch Herzfeld, told The Brooklyn Paper. “Some take it before sundown, but most take it throughout their fasting. These guys love a good loophole.”

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Did You Take Your Caffeine Suppository at Yom Kippur?

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