Throughout college, I struggled with an eating disorder. In many ways, it first manifested itself during Yom Kippur freshman year.
To keep the Days of Awe from becoming the Days of Yawn, many Jews bring books to synagogue.
Because we all have them, even if we are trying to be pious and pray.
Though fasting on Yom Kippur is difficult, understanding the rules of the holiday doesn’t have to be.
My mom’s Yom Kippur rebellion ranks as her worst; the first of many “don’t tell your father,” mother-daughter moments.
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.