riots are breaking out in glasgow right now, scottish flags are being burned, people are making nazi salutes, there is racism and sectarianism and god knows what else, there are supposed stabbings, people are being beaten up purely for voting Yes, but the bbc has decided that a news story more worthy of being reported is the first iphone 6 owner dropping his new phone. the anti-scottish bias from the bbc is reaching new levels of absurdity

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i hate the word ‘clean’ applied to food.  ‘clean eating’. it’s just another dickhead way to call poor people dirty when they don’t have the time/energy/money to cook and eat wild line-caught salmon and ethically farmed organic quinoa

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So you’re fasting on Yom Kippur?





Here are some of the biggest things I’ve learned about Yom Kippur fasting:

Remember to keep your knees bent during long standing prayers. Standing for too long with your knees locked, especially when your body is already weakened from a lack of food and water, could make you pass out. This is actually something I learned in 5th grade choir, but it works for long services as well.

Remember to stand up and sit down slowly during transitions between prayers. No one likes that wobbly, spots-in-the-eyes feeling. Also, if you start getting those spots in your eyes, it’s probably a sign you need water.

If you feel sick, lightheaded, woozy, like you’re gonna pass out, or anything like that, then you need to sit down and at the very least drink some water. When it comes to a choice of either completing the fast or keeping yourself upright, keeping yourself upright always wins. This is a Talmudic ruling! “He who is seized by a ravenous hunger — they feed him, even unclean things, until his eyes are lightened.” (Yoma 83a)

Keep a Nutrigrain bar, or something similar, on hand in case you start feeling really bad. It could be a sign that your blood sugar is off, which means that you need to get some food in your system, even if it’s only a little to tide you over until sundown.

It’s not a competition. You will not be a bad Jew for not finishing the fast. You will not be “less than” the people who do finish the fast. If you feel that it is in your best interests to stop fasting, then stop.

that wobbly, spots-in-the-eyes feeling indicates low blood pressure, and it’s a sign that you need liquids and electrolytes. drinking plain water could exacerbate the problem.

I want to add this:

if you have or have had an eating disorder, you may be worried that fasting during Yom Kippur could contribute to your ED or endanger your recovery. know that you can observe Yom Kippur without fasting. rabbis recognize that for people with eating disorders and other chronic illnesses, fasting is not only not conducive to the point of Yom Kippur, it’s antithetical.

from “Yom Kippur: Should You Fast If You’re Anorexic?”:

On Yom Kippur fasting is used as a tool for temporarily afflicting our souls while we repent, but in the case of someone striving to overcome an eating disorder, using food in this manner is not a good idea. Unlike most people, the 25 hour fast has the potential to bring up hurtful sentiments or even trigger a relapse. Hence, the rabbis concluded that it would be better for such an individual to focus on other aspects of the holiday, such as rituals (like not wearing leather) and the liturgy. One rabbi suggested that by eating regularly and taking extra care of oneself during Yom Kippur, anorexics can perform a unique form of teshuva (repentance) by taking care of the body they once neglected.

in “When Fasting is Not Teshuvah: Yom Kippur with Eating Disorders,” Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers explains:

eating on Yom Kippur is a holy act. Rather than finding “purity” or “spiritual growth” through denying themselves food, the act of eating itself is an act of teshuvah.

she goes on to outline a ceremony of intentional, purposeful eating and prayer with which to observe Yom Kippur.

another suggested prayer here: “Meditation Before Yom Kippur for One Who Cannot Fast.”

take care and be well this holiday.

for followers who might need info like this!

Okay, this is some damn powerful shit.  I’ve never seen the material regarding fasting for people with ED/in recovery from ED before, and it’s amazing.

I don’t fast for holidays.  I just don’t.  I struggled for a long time with disordered eating — thank you, performing arts and dance — and I still struggle with the idea that yes, I do have to eat, there is no virtue in refusing food, it will not make me magically thinner (and thereby a better, more worthy person) if I just don’t eat for a few days.  I know what happens when I fast.  It gives me the stupid, virtuous high that I can just ignore food and go through life on caffeine and the occasional handful of minor foodstuffs.  But I never considered that there might be an actual religious response to my need to avoid fasting.  Which is foolish — Judaism at its best is a responsive tradition, and it sanctifies so much of what we do as well as what we can’t. 

So thank you.  This is powerful, and it is meaningful.  It doesn’t solve my problem of “holy fuck, I cannot afford High Holy Day tickets anywhere,” but it does give me a far greater sense that my observance of the holidays, whatever form they take, is valid so long as it is valid, life-affirming, and meaningful for me.

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Never trust a dude that wants to “play devil’s advocate” or debate your life experiences “for fun” or “to relax”. Because that dude has already decided that your life experiences are abstract ideas that do not require his acknowledgement or respect. That dude does not trust you with interpreting the shit that has happened to you in your life, and that dude is a dickhole.

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one time there was an unscheduled fire alarm and i just happened to have my bag on my shoulder when it went off so my teacher made me go back into what, to his knowledge, was a burning building so i could put my bag back

And here we have a perfect example of how the school system values rules and regulations over the actual lives of the fucking students. Reminds me of when there was a bomb threat in my high school and they had the kids who were in gym class change back into their uniforms before they were allowed to evacuate.

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