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It Doesn't Matter What's Been Written in Your Story So Far...


A bit of a lengthy quote, but this one really resonates with me seeing as how today (and technically last night) was Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. I like to think of it as the 25+hr fast day (not only can I not eat, but I can’t even drink water). I end up drinking way too much water the night before, have to wake up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night multiple times (because guzzling liquid is not ideal for one’s bladder…rookie move for a pelvic floor physiotherapist), and then spend the next day thinking about my break fast meal; while simultaneously atoning for my sins (I like to multi-task).

FYI: In addition to not eating food, we’re also not supposed to wash or apply lotions or creams (i.e. no showering or using cosmetics), we can’t wear leather footwear, and we must abstain from marital relations. Now, what might we do when not taking care of ourselves physically you ask? Well, it’s quite a spiritual day. We spend the day in synagogue, praying for forgiveness.

It’s always funny how when I’m told I can’t do something, I want to do it more! Although, I can do without the fancy footwear. I wanna make running shoes the new leather heel. It’s better for your toes, and your calf muscles won’t shorten. As well, I will admit it’s hard to be “in the mood” when one hasn’t eaten/drank anything all day, but I digress.

Fun Factoid: On Yom Kippur, it’s also common for people to wear white (yes…even if it’s after labour day). You see, on Yom Kippur, we rise above our physical bodily needs. We refrain from eating and drinking, and instead focus on returning to our spiritual and pure essence. Thus, we resemble the angels, and white reflects this purity.

Now, after it’s all said and done, and the sun has set, the breaking of the fast begins! I like to think of this as: how much can I consume to make up for not eating or drinking the entire day!

There is a custom that after Yom Kippur, to immediately begin building a sukkah (aka a 4-walled outdoor adult treehouse with an open-roof concept), which will be used for the holiday of Sukkot (coming up soon!)

And that’s your daily dose of “Fun Jewish Facts with Robyn” (…I’m just trying to see how many things I can add “with Robyn” to 😂). Hope everyone had an easy fast and Shana Tova!

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