So why do we fast on Yom Kippur?
To follow in the footsteps of our parents and grandparents.
To affirm our connection with our community and our people.
To afflict our souls.
To be moved to repentance.
To show our piety.
To challenge ourselves so we know that we are not dependent on food alone.
To get to a higher spiritual state.
To share our food with the needy.
To unshackle the oppressed.
To hunger for a better world
and to be inspired to make it happen.
To those who celebrate — have an easy fast.
May you be written and sealed for a good year.