I used to eat on Tisha B’Av in keeping with how my dad, a Holocaust survivor, observed (or didn’t observe) the fast. I’ve now found a compromise.
“It sort of redeems the day, if it can be redeemed at all, which in my more depressing moments I wonder about,” said Sister Mary Boys.
On Tisha B’Av, traditional Jews fast to commemorate our exile. But nowadays, Daniel Greyber asks, shouldn’t we be feasting — even partying — in celebration of the State of Israel?
Just as it is a commandment not to eat on Yom Kippur, it is also a commandment to eat before it. Philologos says there is no other meal of the Jewish year which is required of the faithful.
Is it a health risk for pregnant women to fast on Yom Kippur? A new study suggests that it might be — but the science behind it is anything but understood.
Fasting on Yom Kippur in the later stages of pregnancy doubles a woman’s risk for premature delivery, according to a new Israeli study.
As a recovered anorexic, Kelsey Osgood is more familiar than most of us with fasting and hunger. Surprisingly, that makes it even more difficult to abstain from food as a symbol of atonement.
Jennifer Bernstein fasted yesterday for the Fast of Esther in order to draw attention to the plight of undocumented immigrants in the United States.
What happens when a Torah falls? A conservative synagogue in Ashville, N.C. faces that question after two scrolls slipped out of the ark and on to the bimah during Kol Nidre.
Israel is getting ready for the hottest and longest Yom Kippur for decades.