L'Shana Tova! The Jewish high holidays are a time to reflect on our year, decide what we are going to do differently and an excuse to eat a lot of food. After the apples, honey and brisket of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur comes up faster than we expect it to.
If you plan on fasting, here are some reminders from last year about what happens so you can mentally prepare for the long day ahead.
You will wake up and feel on top of the world.
Your morning hunger will strike, but you ignore it.
You'll take comfort in knowing everyone around you at temple can't eat either.
You'll realize it's only 1 p.m.
You'll have to resist temptation.
You’ll dress up and travel to your relatives (or Hillel) and the excitement builds.
You'll need some encouragement when your cousins break fast an hour early.
Sundown will finally arrive and you'll rush to be first to get your food.
You won’t feel guilty for eating a bagel because you’ll tell yourself it doesn’t count.
After you're stuffed you’ll wish you brought sweatpants for the car ride home.
So to all of you who are about to embark on this day of hunger with me, may the odds be ever in your favor.