Two years ago I welcomed Elul with a sense of deep foreboding. After living with my own mortality, wrestling with continuing to make a life for myself in the midst of life-threatening illness, shifting relationships, months during which I could not eat and was kept alive with intravenous nutrition, at the High Holidays I could not reflect on my life or consider my mortality. I was still having nightmares that I was in a room full of people talking, laughing, and eating, only I couldn’t. I was pretty sure I would never fast again.
Fasting is an incredibly powerful tool for seeing deeper within ourselves and the world around us. Enter: Yom Kippur. A reflective article for the Highest of Holydays by Rabbi Avi Olitzky.
One of my favorite tricks is to eat smaller meals in the few days prior to the fast, so this edition of Noshin’ is bite-sized bits of news.
During this most sacred of weeks (OK, sacred ten days), we oscillate between copious eating and no eating at all. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you enjoy your food more than the average bear. If you need some tips on fasting, Google provides no shortage.