Here are some of the biggest things I’ve learned about Yom Kippur fasting:
Remember to keep your knees bent during long standing prayers. Standing for too long with your knees locked, especially when your body is already weakened from a lack of food and water, could make you pass out. This is actually something I learned in 5th grade choir, but it works for long services as well.
Remember to stand up and sit down slowly during transitions between prayers. No one likes that wobbly, spots-in-the-eyes feeling. Also, if you start getting those spots in your eyes, it’s probably a sign you need water.
If you feel sick, lightheaded, woozy, like you’re gonna pass out, or anything like that, then you need to sit down and at the very least drink some water. When it comes to a choice of either completing the fast or keeping yourself upright, keeping yourself upright always wins. This is a Talmudic ruling! “He who is seized by a ravenous hunger — they feed him, even unclean things, until his eyes are lightened.” (Yoma 83a)
Keep a Nutrigrain bar, or something similar, on hand in case you start feeling really bad. It could be a sign that your blood sugar is off, which means that you need to get some food in your system, even if it’s only a little to tide you over until sundown.
It’s not a competition. You will not be a bad Jew for not finishing the fast. You will not be “less than” the people who do finish the fast. If you feel that it is in your best interests to stop fasting, then stop.
that wobbly, spots-in-the-eyes feeling indicates low blood pressure, and it’s a sign that you need liquids and electrolytes. drinking plain water could exacerbate the problem.
I want to add this:
if you have or have had an eating disorder, you may be worried that fasting during Yom Kippur could contribute to your ED or endanger your recovery. know that you can observe Yom Kippur without fasting. rabbis recognize that for people with eating disorders and other chronic illnesses, fasting is not only not conducive to the point of Yom Kippur, it’s antithetical.
On Yom Kippur fasting is used as a tool for temporarily afflicting our souls while we repent, but in the case of someone striving to overcome an eating disorder, using food in this manner is not a good idea. Unlike most people, the 25 hour fast has the potential to bring up hurtful sentiments or even trigger a relapse. Hence, the rabbis concluded that it would be better for such an individual to focus on other aspects of the holiday, such as rituals (like not wearing leather) and the liturgy. One rabbi suggested that by eating regularly and taking extra care of oneself during Yom Kippur, anorexics can perform a unique form of teshuva (repentance) by taking care of the body they once neglected.
in “When Fasting is Not Teshuvah: Yom Kippur with Eating Disorders,” Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers explains:eating on Yom Kippur is a holy act. Rather than finding “purity” or “spiritual growth” through denying themselves food, the act of eating itself is an act of teshuvah.
she goes on to outline a ceremony of intentional, purposeful eating and prayer with which to observe Yom Kippur.
another suggested prayer here: “Meditation Before Yom Kippur for One Who Cannot Fast.”
take care and be well this holiday.
for followers who might need info like this!
Okay, this is some damn powerful shit. I’ve never seen the material regarding fasting for people with ED/in recovery from ED before, and it’s amazing.
I don’t fast for holidays. I just don’t. I struggled for a long time with disordered eating — thank you, performing arts and dance — and I still struggle with the idea that yes, I do have to eat, there is no virtue in refusing food, it will not make me magically thinner (and thereby a better, more worthy person) if I just don’t eat for a few days. I know what happens when I fast. It gives me the stupid, virtuous high that I can just ignore food and go through life on caffeine and the occasional handful of minor foodstuffs. But I never considered that there might be an actual religious response to my need to avoid fasting. Which is foolish — Judaism at its best is a responsive tradition, and it sanctifies so much of what we do as well as what we can’t.
So thank you. This is powerful, and it is meaningful. It doesn’t solve my problem of “holy fuck, I cannot afford High Holy Day tickets anywhere,” but it does give me a far greater sense that my observance of the holidays, whatever form they take, is valid so long as it is valid, life-affirming, and meaningful for me.
Okay but imagine a world meeting where Canada and America switch glasses
And no one can figure what exactly’s different
But they all know there’s something wrong
And it bugs the hell out of them
Everyone’s all twitchy
And Germany can’t focus
Because they just know there’s something weird
But they can’t figure out what
A whole new world~ ♫ (x)
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I cried a lot with this thing. T ell me it was woRTH IT
CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE.
I am a Canadian citizen.
I live in Canada.
I am a university student.
I am reminded every day about the issues across the globe.
And these issues are IMPORTANT.
THAT. BEING. SAID.
WE HAVE ISSUES HAPPENING RIGHT HERE AT HOME.
And they are NOT being talked about.
We have OVER 1200 Native American women who have disappeared or been murdered in the last 3 decades.
THESE WOMEN ARE ONLY GETTING A SMALL TEXT BOX AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR 24 HOUR NEWS STATION.
A task force has NOT YET been assembled.
THESE WOMEN ARE IMPORTANT.
THEIR LIVES MATTER.
Why are we not talking about this.
I think I know the reason.
This is all the information I know at the moment.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t start the conversation.
TALK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT THIS.
TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS.
ASK YOUR TEACHERS.
ASK YOUR PROFESSORS.
ASK IN HISTORY, POLITICS, CIVICS, LAW CLASS.
GET THE CONVERSATION GOING.
GET UPSET. BE CONSTRUCTIVE.
DON’T LET THIS ISSUE BECOME A FOOT NOTE IN A HISTORY BOOK BECAUSE I DON’T THINK IT’S EVEN GOING TO GET THAT.
DESPITE OUR CLAIMS, we are NOT a perfect country and I am TIRED of pretending we are.
We do not have a task force.
The Conservative government has failed to call for a national inquiry.
The UNITED NATIONS has CALLED UPON CANADA TO ACT.
Stephen Harper has avoided this issue.
This can NOT continue.
HELP SPREAD THIS MESSAGE.
To celebrate DMMd in English, I finally finished these comics I thought up forever ago! Yay! Warning: Toonsss of endgame spoilers, just so everyone knows. EDIT: Changed formatting to make it easier to read (hopefully?). well I labeled the boxes in the first one so hopefully this comic makes sense. >_>; PPPS. I put it in it’s full 5koma glory on DA if anyone is interested.
You may not be able to see your own beauty or love yourself but one day, someone will. You have only lived such a small part of yourself, you will never know what the future brings. So, keep going. Hold on. You are never alone. ♥
I needed this today
Comedian and journalist Stella Young is tired of people telling her she’s an “inspiration” just for getting up in the morning. In a hilarious, hard-hitting, and thought-provoking talk at TEDxSydney, she explains why.
War…. War never changes….
Dogs want to be friends with some cats who are annoyed and want nothing to do with them!
they want to be friends so bAD
I don't think Jew hating is on the rise it seems like it because of the Internet. But many many people all Thewout history have hatted Jews. Unless they live in a place where they where a majority. If you think this is bad imagine if you lived in 1930 in eroupe no one even tried to hide it back then.
Here’s a hint: the Shoah should not be used as a “gotcha” against Jews when we’re talking about antisemitism. To say “at least it isn’t a genocide” is disgusting. You are a disgusting anti-semite trying to cloak yourself in rationality. Here’s something: almost equally, Jews report that they think the rash of antisemitic violence comes from people who have right or left wing views.
- In the United Kingdom, there was a 400% rise in documented antisemitic incidents in the month of July compared to the year prior.
- In Germany, molotov cocktails have been thrown at a synagogue that had been destroyed during Kristallnacht.
- The EU reports that 66% of European Jews feel that antisemitism is on the rise, with 76% agreeing that antisemitic hatred had increased in the last five years.
- Annual total of antisemitic acts in France have risen seven times that what they were in the 1990s. This includes the targeted murder of Jewish children in Toulouse while they were attending school.
- In May, 2014, four people were murdered at a Jewish museum in Brussels.
- #UnBonJuif (A Good Jew) trended on Twitter in 2012. The majority of comments were along the lines of “A good Jew is a dead Jew”
- Ultra right wing nationalist parties in Ukraine, the UK, Greece, Hungary are are gaining more and more supporters. European nationalism is historically built on the blood of Jews.
This rash of antisemitic hatred started during the economic crisis because of the same, boring reasons as always: Jews are foreign parasites in Europe who are drinking the blood of the economy, without them we’d be better off, they’re too powerful.
I’d never, ever hurt a lady but I’d be happy to punch a feminist.
It’d bring me great joy.
I’m 6’2 and weigh 180lbs
ready when you are
Or if you’d like to have some more options….
and have 9 years of combined martial arts training and 3 years of being a Line Backer in football.
Just in case you are looking for variety.
what about a lady and a feminist. warning, combatives certified soldier.