No food today, at least not for many of the Jews in the world. Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It’s the day of the year, from sundown to sundown, that you are asked to reflect on your behaviors over the previous year. You’re asked to forgive those who have hurt, offended or otherwise harmed you. You ask for forgiveness from those that you have hurt, offended or otherwise harmed. This is done by fasting and praying. You also remember those you loved who are now gone and you mourn for them. At sundown you eat a light meal, generally dairy (if you’re keeping kosher) and go to bed, ready to face the new year, clean, forgiven and in a mindset to do better. In true Jewish fashion, the day of sadness and seriousness is paired with joy and celebration. What can I say? We’re a complex people.
If you’re a child, elderly, sick, pregnant or otherwise health-compromised, you are not required to fast. This is my third year running without fasting (pregnant/breastfeeding/pregnant) but I’ve lit the memorial candle, I’ve thought about apologies and I’ve tried to breathe in, breathe out and let go of the hurts I’ve been carrying around with me all year.
And I am thinking and remembering those I love who are gone. Particularly my Grandmother, the inspiration for my cooking and for this blog.
If you are fasting today, may you have an easy fast.
I wish you all peace.