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By Glen Pickus
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Choosing to fast on Yom Kippur l Worship


Last updated 9/25/2019 at 12:28pm

"Is this not the fast I have chosen?” (Isaiah 58:6).

Jews hear these words every year at services on Yom Kippur which starts at sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Jews fast on Yom Kippur because the Torah tells us, “On the tenth day of the same seventh month (the Hebrew date for Yom Kippur) you shall observe a sacred occasion when you shall practice self-denial” (Numbers 29:7).

Fasting is the most common expression of self-denial on Yom Kippur, but self-denial also includes refraining from enjoying luxuries such as wearing leather shoes and jewelry, bathing, wearing perfume or lotions, and se...

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