Are you fasting on Thursday?


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The fast in Jerusalem, via upyernoz on Flickr.

Thursday is Tisha B’Av. This is a holiday in Judaism where you fast.  Religious Jews (and yours truly) fast on Tisha B’Av, or as I like to call it, HOLY CRAP B’Av, because on this day in history several bad things happened to Jews:

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The fast in Jerusalem, via upyernoz on Flickr.

Thursday is Tisha B’Av. This is a holiday in Judaism where you fast.  Religious Jews (and yours truly) fast on Tisha B’Av, or as I like to call it, HOLY CRAP B’Av, because on this day in history several bad things happened to Jews:

The fast is meant as a mourning period for all of the things we lost on Tisha B’Av over history. This involves not eating for 25 hours (Jews start holidays at sundown the night before the date and end at sunset on the next day.)

Given the primarily nationalist nature of the holiday and that it is based on events that can be historically proven (as opposed to some theoretical occurrences in the Bible,) Tisha B’Av is one of the few Jewish religious holidays that I partake in seriously, aside from Hanukah, because, come on, gelt.

So seriously did I partake in it last year that I started seeing spots and almost fainted.  Fast fail.  So obviously, I’m doing it again this year.

The year before, I was in Israel and everyone around me was all drinking their Cafe Aromas and eating delicious food.  So, I didn’t pass out, but I did want to punch someone. Also, I almost yelled at our waitress at Yotvata in Hebrew when we went to break the fast there.

If you’re interested to know how I’ll fare this year, follow along on Twitter! Or fast along.  Just pace yourself.  Tisha B’Av is where we separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and me from everyone else who can actually handle a fast.