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Why Fast on Yom Kippur?
By
James Scott Trimm




On Yom Kippur the Torah commands us to "afflict our souls ('INuI NeFeSH)" as we read:

“And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourns among you... It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever."
(Lev 16:29.31)

"Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto YHWH... For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people... It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath."
(Lev 23:27,29.32)

"And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work therein:"
(Num. 29:7)

The expression "to afflict your souls" in Hebrew is a euphemism meaning "to fast" (Tzom). The Hebrew phrase 'INuI NeFeSH is translated as "afflicting the soul". It also appears in a number of Scriptural passages, in which it is clear that this expression refers to fasting:

"...I afflicted (KJV: "humbled") my soul with fasting;
and my prayer returned into mine own bosom."
(Psalms 35:13)

"...I wept, and afflicted (KJV: "chastened") my soul with fasting,
that was to my reproach."
(Psalms 69:11)

“Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and you see not?
wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and you take no notice?..."
(Isaiah 58:3; see also vv.5 & 10)

This is because the word "Soul" Means "appetite"

It should be pointed out that one of the meanings of the word "NeFeSH", commonly translated as "soul", is in fact "appetite". For example:

"And put a knife to your throat,
if you be a man given to appetite (NeFeSH)."
(Proverbs 23:2-3)

" For he satisfies the longing soul (NeFeSH),
and fills the hungry soul (NeFeSH) with goodness."
(Psalms 107:9)

"The full soul (NeFeSH) loathes a honeycomb;
but to the hungry soul (NeFeSH) every bitter thing is sweet."
(Proverbs 27:7)

“Yea, they are greedy dogs
which can never satisfy their souls (NeFeSH) (KJV: "have enough")"
(Isaiah 56,11)

This is why Acts refers to Yom Kippur as “The Day of the Fast”:

9 And we were there a long time, until even the day of the Jewish fast was past. And
it was dangerous for a man to travel by sea, and Paul counseled them,
(Acts 27:9)

 


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Comment by Art Finkle on September 26, 2017 at 9:42am

Why Fast on Yom Kippur?

Fasting is a physical discipline that translates into ethical behavior.

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Yom Kippur is a day set apart by the Torah for us to “practice self-denial” (Leviticus 23:27). The “self-denial” which seems to be most expressive of Yom Kippur is fasting, abstaining from food and drink for the entire day.

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Fasting is an opportunity for each of us to observe Yom Kippur in a most personal way. It is a day of intense self-searching and earnest communication with the Almighty. This search requires an internal calm which derives from slowing down our biological rhythm. Fasting on Yom Kippur provides the key to our inner awakening.

On Yom Kippur we seek reconciliation with God and humanity. Repentance (Teshuvah) involves a critical self-assessment of the past year and the resolve to avoid lapses in sensitivity in the future. Teshuvah requires discipline. Our fasting on Yom Kippur demonstrates our willingness to submit to discipline. How can we atone for our excesses toward others unless we can curb appetites which depend on no one but ourselves? To set boundaries for our own conduct in this very private matter is to begin the path toward controlling our public behavior.

The fast of Yom Kippur reaches beyond our inner spiritual awakening and discipline into our ethical behavior. In the Haftarah [prophetic reading] we read on Yom Kippur morning of the prophet Isaiah providing us with the ultimate goal of our fast–to unlock the shackles of injustice, to undo the fetters of bondage, to let the oppressed go free, to share bread with the hungry (Isaiah 58:1-14).

Finally, to fast on the Day of Atonement is an act of solidarity with the suffering of the Jewish people. Through fasting we are drawn closer to all who live lives of deprivation. Our faith demands more of us than 24 hours of abstinence from food. It demands that upon the completion of our fast we will turn back to the world prepared to act with love and compassion. In this way fasting touches the biological as well as the spiritual aspects of our being.

Reprinted with permission from Gates of the Season: A Guide to the Jewish Year (Central Conference of American Rabbis).

 

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