Sunday, September 26, 2004

So I asked my friend the rabbi's daughter/ theology student about why Jews fast on Yom Kippur, and she says it has nothing to do with keeping your mind on G-d and repentence and whatnot. She says that it's a relic of an earlier era, when Jews fasted to purify themselves in preparation for a High Priest doing an animal sacrifice.

So I said "but we don't sacrifice animals anymore."

And she said, "right. But you're still supposed to fast."

And I said "why?"

And she said "because the Torah says so."

And as I said, that's not good enough for me. I will have to find another mitzvah to take the place of fasting.

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