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So as some of you may well know, Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, begins tonight at sundown. Normally this would mean absolutely nothing to my United Methodist self, but this year - given my new status of "Jewish by approximation", I'm going to try a little experiment. Traditionally on Yom Kippur, Jews fast for 25 hours... meaning no food OR water From 6:16 tonight through 7:31 tomorrow evening. They are also supposed to refrain from working, bathing, wearing make-up or perfume, wearing leather, and, ::ahem:: marital relations. All of this in order to spend the day in reflection in order to atone for the sins of the past year. Anyhow, I got to thinking that yes, I have done my fair share of sinning this year and that I could certainly use some introspection and even, perhaps a little forgiveness. So I've decided to give it a go - to try out the fast and see where the process takes me. And blog about it.

So basically what you'll witness here over the next 25 hours will be the record of my descent into abject hunger and possible delirium. Now, before you start to say that I've lost my mind, let me announce the following caveats: I will be working tomorrow (perhaps I will make a special effort to actually perform the most menial and mind numbing tasks I'm paid to do instead of reading music sites all day). I fully intend to bathe (I skipped showering this morning and there's no way I'm gonna make it through until 7:30 tomorrow without one). I normally skip make up at the office and I'm not married, so unless I can't find a non-leather pair of shoes in my closet, I think I'll be set on the rest of the restrictions.

I fully expect to for this all to end with making my peace with G-d hours a head of schedule, then breaking down, repeatedly muttering something about not being Jewish & ordering a pizza - but I figure I'll give it a shot anyways.

So here we go - I'm off to rush home & cram down one final meal before the deadline... wish me luck!



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Oct. 12th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
dood.. what an awesome idea.. at least the blogging of it.. I've been interested in fasting for some time now and "body cleansing" but haven't given it a go.. so I'm really excited to read your progress...

I dunno how I feel about the no water thing.. but I suppose 25 hours is do-able.

good luck lovely! see you soon!
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Oct. 13th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
I think i must have missed that blog entry.
well, think of me when you're fasting tomorrow night :-P
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