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    Fasting – Yom Kippur

    Fasting is the best known of the five Yom Kippur deprivations. Why we don’t eat or drink for 25 hours is that many sins happen because we give in to bodily desires; we do penance by bodily denial.

    There are at least three other reasons:
    – On this day we reach a high spiritual level and almost become like angels. Angels can manage without food and drink. So can we.
    – On Yom Kippur we should be too preoccupied to eat.
    – By being hungry we feel for other people who go hungry every day.

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