Yom Kippur the Day of Lone Man Fasting



For those that weren’t around last year or want to kick a man while he’s down, today is Yom Kippur.  The gist of this is that it is one of the Jewish High Holy Days.  It’s our day of atonement, which means we fast from sundown to sundown.  So I haven’t eaten since dinner last night and I won’t eat again until the sun goes to sleep tonight or I pull the ‘dark enough’ line.  It’s really tough around here for several reasons:

  1. My wife isn’t Jewish, so she doesn’t fast.
  2. My parents don’t fast because of medications.
  3. My son is too young to fast.
  4. I’m the only one in the house who fasts.

This means I lock myself in the room as soon as I can and play video games until the sun goes down.  Now that I found my copy of ‘Castlevania: Symphony of the Night’, I have my favorite distraction.  Unless it doesn’t work on the HDTV, which happened last year with the original Legend of Zelda and forced me to use Lego: Batman.  The repetitiveness was not a good distraction.  Yes, I know SOTN has food as healing items, but that never really bothered me.

So I won’t be as quick to comment here and I might be silent on commenting on other blogs.  The breaking of the fast tends to include overdoing it, regret, groaning, and an attempt to sneak a beer when nobody is looking.  By the way, never break a fast with a carbonated beverage.  I did that in college and my roommate thought he’d have to bring me to the hospital.  I mean, I was floored and feebly reaching for the meatball sub that I thought would heal me . . . I do weird things after playing ‘Symphony of the Night’ for a full day.

Anyway, that’s the day here.  All marketing stuff has been done in advance because trying to do it while starving and a little delirious doesn’t work well.  Though you might see a few tweets pop up about this if I decide to go near the computer.  Beyond that I’ll be more on the phone until night.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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12 Responses to Yom Kippur the Day of Lone Man Fasting

  1. Have fun gaming…hopefully you can sneak the necessities, and enjoy yourself!


  2. Hope you survive the fast! I can empathise – I’m on medication which makes me constantly hungry. :/


  3. Squirt says:

    I miss watching video games. They were always fun to watch when you’d let me =P. Castlevania games always had awesome music! Hope you have an easy Fast 🙂


  4. Admittedly I don’t understand the fasting stuff, but isn’t the concept behind the fasting supposed to be that it is because you are in prayer? Or some other activity to atone for your sins? I guess I don’t understand the idea of fasting just for the sake of fasting. But I hope you survive it (I know I could never do it, especially with others in my house eating).


    • You’re supposed to go to pray in the morning. I guess some sects pray all day, but typically you fast with family and talk. Or sleep. The whole idea is a day of suffering to atone for the sins you did the past year.


  5. sknicholls says:

    So, if you only sin just a little you can modify that?


  6. Dean says:

    Omigosh! All the best in your venture! I don’t think I could do that!


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