are you slow to fast?

fasting for darfur

As not­ed in an ear­li­er post on this blog, on the 26 of Sivan 5769 (cor­re­spond­ing to June 17–18, 2009) I fast­ed to call atten­tion to the con­tin­u­ing geno­cide in Dar­fur. One of my reg­u­lar read­ers shared a com­ment here. That col­umn was cross-post­ed at the blog of the Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism and at The Jew and the Car­rot. While there was no com­ment at the RAC blog, some sig­nif­i­cant com­ments appeared at the jCar­rot. I was ques­tioned at the jCar­rot as to why I was fast­ing for Dar­fur, but not, as an exam­ple, on behalf of those in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of Con­go, or the Pales­tini­ans suf­fer­ing under Israeli block­ade in Gaza.

fasting for gaza

When col­leagues orga­nized a fast for Gaza to occur month­ly, I was among the first to sign up. Anoth­er fast day is due soon: Wednes­day, 29th of Av, 5769 / August 19, 2009.

fasting for change

I know that noth­ing I did caused any change in the sit­u­a­tions in Dar­fur or Gaza direct­ly. I have, how­ev­er per­formed a small role in rais­ing con­scious­ness.

fasts of the jewish people

A few days ago I was asked to write a 300-word piece for my local CSA newslet­ter. As chance would have it, our next pick-up day coin­cid­ed with Tisha b’Av. I wrote about fast­ing and receiv­ing food. With a lit­tle encour­age­ment and edit­ing, I also shared those thoughts on the jCar­rot. And, once again, on the jCar­rot there appeared com­ments. How­ev­er, this time, the ini­tial com­ments angri­ly asked why a Jew would be fast­ing for Gaza.

It is hard to make peo­ple hap­py when you are busy rais­ing con­scious­ness.

standing fast

We all eat. Some of us are able to con­tin­ue for longer than oth­ers with­out food. Some of us are unable to fast. If you do fast, why do, or would you fast? What are your rea­sons?

  • spir­i­tu­al
  • polit­i­cal
  • halachic
  • health ori­ent­ed

For what reasons/purposes would you not fast?

  • spir­i­tu­al
  • polit­i­cal
  • halachic
  • health ori­ent­ed

There are like­ly rea­sons I have not men­tioned.

Please share your thoughts here, or con­tin­ue the dis­cus­sion at the jCar­rot.

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