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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Holy Day of Yom Kippur

Lucas was the fasting champion of Yom Kippur as he gave
up sleep as part of his atonement
I walked around the park, part of my sleep fast for YK

All of Israel fasts for Yom Kippur and that means no eating or drinking for 25 hours! While it is not recommended that babies fast food, Lucas and I thought we would give up something else so that we could join in afflicting ourselves like everyone else in the nation.

Accordingly, we gave up sleep for the night and day.

My version of fasting sleep was to take a long nap starting from 4:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. Then I woke up full of vim and vigor ready to start the day! I did, however, remain in bed entertaining myself and taking the occasional snooze until about 7.

Lucas was much more holy than me. Lucas went to bed at 9 p.m. resisting sleep as long as possible after his morning nap which had ended well before noon. Then he proceeded to wake up at 2 for a little while and then 4. For the day. Except for a small nap in the morning.

So as far as our fasting, I think we did pretty good and despite the affliction and deprivation of sleep, we were supernaturally charged with energy! It was a miracle. Mommy and abba didn't fare as well, but that is why God created grace - for the parents.

There is another fun aspect of Yom Kippur - almost nobody drives. That means even little babies can walk in the streets! We took a nice walk on a very non busy road and ended up at a park where got to slide, walk, crawl and climb.

Because we did so well in our sleep fast, I believe we are sealed securely in the Book of Life. No worries till next year!

Yom Kippur is now over, but Lucas and I are debating whether to attain even more holiness and continue our fast of not sleeping. The jury is still out...

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