I had a very nice Yom Kippur yesterday. Thank you to everyone who wished me a “meaningful fast.” This actually was the best fast I’ve ever experienced. It could be my new perspective on fasting during the high holy day. The day seemed to go quickly with minimal thoughts of food. Once the sun began to set, we headed to my grandparents’ along with the rest of my family to break the fast. The evening began as we congregated to recite the blessings over the wine and challah.
After the blessings, we all
ate like savage beasts filled our plates, took our seats, and dug in to the delicious food my grandmother worked so hard to prepare. It was quite the spread, as it always is, and there was enough food to feed an army, as there always is. Nobody went hungry. Usually I stuff myself to the point of feeling sick because I am so hungry, but I did a little better with moderation this time. Also, I wanted to make sure I saved room for the amazing dessert I made. #priorities
My dear sister, Stephanie, and I actually made the exact.same.dessert. This happened once before and it was naturally a competition to see whose was better (mine was). When it came time for dessert, Stephanie’s was missing. (My family is known for taking plates of food and hiding them.) I made her play the “hot – cold” game until she found it. You know the one, “You’re getting warmer… warmer… nope, colder,” until she found herself in my grandpa’s closet. Heh heh.
The dessert was cake batter blondies, and you know how I feel about the cake batter flavor! I followed
By the end of the evening when our bellies were stuffed, Jonny was waiting so patiently while I helped my mom and grandma clean up. But a day of fasting, and then making up for it during a decadent dinner and dessert is hard work!
First, he closed his eyes while reclining on the couch. Then, my dad came and saw the opportunity to photo bomb. When I came back later, Jonny was full-fledged asleep on the couch – green and orange Miami socks sticking out and all.
It was a lovely evening with delicious food. Tomorrow will be lots and lots of water for me, as well as greens at every meal. Time to get back to a regular schedule again. Many thanks to my amazing and beautiful grandmother for preparing their house and cooking quite the feast.
Mama, you made this Yom Kippur as special as always. I’m lucky to be a part of the best family ever and I cherish the time we spend together.
What are your family celebrations like? Have you ever fasted for any reason?