Chief Rabbis urge Secular to Fast

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2 Responses

  1. Mordechai Y. Scher says:

    “May everyone have an easy fast.”

    Rav Dov Bigon used to tell us not to worry so much about the ‘ease’ of the fast…may we have a *beneficial* fast.

  2. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    The prophets and chazal (sages) both agreed that the value of a fast is in the repentence which comes as a result of it, and not the fasting or other self-affliction connected with it. Fasting is chosen as the means for bringing oneself to repentence because we need to redirect ourselves to listen to G-d in our yetzer hatov (good inclination) instead of the other side of us which seeks our own physical satisfaction, of which the stomach is the center and symbol. Both satiation from food and sexuality are centered around that part of the body. To be a person who grows spiritually we have to get out of the state of being satisfied, physically and spiritually, with the kind of people we are and get out of our comfort zones and grow. If we don’t move forward we move backward. There is no standing still. I would be very interested to hear if there were any takers from the not yet Torah observant Jews on the Chief Rabbis’ suggestion to fast. If anybody hears anything, pass it on.

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