Abstaining from food and drink is one of the most prominent things we do to observe Yom Kippur. Not only do we fulfill the mitzvah of “afflicting our souls,” but we heighten our awareness by refraining from an activity we enjoy every other day of the year.
During your fast, please remember that there are millions of people around the world who go hungry every day.
Fasting on Yom Kippur instills in us empathy for those who fast frequently and not by choice.
Here in Alameda County, 20% of our neighbors worry about where their next meal is coming from. 1 in 5 residents relies on the Alameda Food Bank and its network of member agencies for help.
When you come to services for Yom Kippur, please bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank. You will be performing a mitzvah that will bring comfort and support to others.
I wish you G’mar Chatimah Tovah – may you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a healthy and peaceful New Year.