From Friday sunset until last night, it was Yom Kippur and the Jewish world went into fasting for 25hrs and intense prayers. In the past, I have always struggled with this holiday because it seemed so depressing and not happy. However, this year was different. Not only am I thankful to say that I fasted the entire 25hrs (though I needed water to keep my body without calories). I have never been able to do so thing, and my younger brother joined alongside me and we made it through, thank G-d! I definitely felt as though it was mental toughness game as the hours passed on and my stomach grumbled along, I kept praying or at least trying to. I realized that Yom Kippur is a happy holiday or at least it keeps to the meaning of a Fast of Joy. I think this is because during Rosh Hashana, the gates of heaven open up and throughout the next ten days, we, jews, pray for health, happiness, safety, life and for all good things! Then on Yom Kippur the gates close. Its almost exciting as we connect and grow closer to Hashem, G-d, in the 25 hours prior to this. It feels amazing despite the weakness in your body. Through that weakness I found strength in G-d! I found myself immersed in the feeling of now and when I closed my eyes during the Amidah (silent prayer) I found myself with almost the same feeling I felt at the Kotel, the Western Wall. That feeling is one of transformation as I opened my eyes. It felt as though I was somewhere else and then when my eyes open and see the words in the book and take in my surroundings I am looking at everything that is the same but with new eyes. It is truly a wonderful spiritual experience and I am so thankful for this Yom Kippur experience. May this be a sweet new year for my family, friend, myself, the entire Jewish people and everyone! G’mary Hatimah Tovah!
G’mar Hatimah Tovah