A day before 2013 Yom Kippur fast

It is 2013 Yom Kippur. The watchman is once again preparing himself to go through the day, 13-14/9/2013.

The fasting time will be as follows:

Friday, September 13, 2013, Eve of Yom Kippur
Light Shabbat Candles at: 6:09 PM
Shabbat, September 14, 2013

Yom Kippur Shabbat Ends: 7:24 PM
For those interested, you may want to follow Jerusalem time: GMT + 2.
What to do on the eve? The following are excerpts quoted from those who practice observing this occasion.

Two meals are eaten, one in the morning or early afternoon, and one, the “separation meal,” just prior to the onset of Yom Kippur. These meals are festive affairs, and we dip the challah in honey.

Throughout the day, one should eat only light foods that are easy to digest, such as fish and poultry. (In the final meal before the fast, we avoid eating fish too.)

The day before . . .

  • Hydrate! Most of the unpleasantness associated with a fast does not come from lack of food, but rather from lack of fluid. The solution is to drink as much water as possible before the fast. Although you may feel you’re about to float off, it will be worth it by the time the fast is well underway. Beware of beer or other alcoholic beverages; they will only dehydrate you. Water or diluted orange juices are the safest options.
  • Don’t over-stuff yourself before the fast. Many people seem to think that eating a lot the day before will compensate for not eating on the fast day. This will actually make you hungrier. Have you ever noticed how much hungrier you are the morning after a large meal . . .Eat a proper meal that emphasizes carbohydrates, some protein, and foods high in oils and fats, since they delay the emptying of the stomach, thus prolonging the effects of your pre-fast meal. Consuming carbohydrates (e.g., potatoes, pasta) will be very effective, as they bond with water that your body will make use of during the fast.
  • Avoid salty or spicy foods. Salt causes a person to feel thirsty despite having a “normal” amount of water, because extra water is required to absorb the extra salt. For this reason, you should refrain from processed foods containing lots of salt, such as pickles or cold cuts. Most tomato sauces, canned fish and smoked fish should also be avoided.
  • Salads and other high-fiber foods that are so important in one’s normal diet should be de-emphasized for the pre-fast meal, since they travel quickly through the digestive system. Fruit, despite its high fiber content, is worthwhile, since it carries a lot of water in a “time-release” form.

___________________This blogger’s personal experience:

Fasting coffee is a tough one if you are not used to it. you may feel withdrawal symptoms, headache especially.
Fasting water is another tough one for everybody. My advice is drinking enough water on days preceding the fasting event.
Concentration on the correct goal is important. Keep your focus on God. you will find that when reading the Bible (for Christians) the words speak and you will receive understanding and even revelation afresh. The words of God become life and spirit.
Pray if you can. You may take a rest too. For first timer, you should have prepared by various types of fasts previously. So the full fast for 25 hours should not be too much a difficulty.
I have prepared myself spiritually reading three gospels during the last week. I shall spend my Yom Kippur day reading the gospel of John.
God bless all who purpose in their hearts to do this fasting this year!
yom kippur wishes A metallic chain with an explosed link.
Isaiah 58:6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?”

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