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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-03-27

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ST. CLAIR TRIO

That Day-Long Fast
Is Worse Than Fish

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asting is a dreadful
business. I make no
pretense. I hate it.
Yom Kippur and Tisha
B'Av loom around the corner
like the Golem for me.
Awful. Dreadful. Frighten-
ing. I start thinking about
them months in advance.
I've tried every strategy
for beating the hunger: eat
six meals' worth of food the
night before or, conversely,
gradually decrease my food
intake for several days
before the fast, to help me
get prepared.
Nothing works.
Just about everyone knows
Yom Kippur and Tisha
B'Av. Fewer, I think, know
the four minor fast days on
the Jewish calender — one of
which, the Fast of Esther, we
observed last week.
Now, let me bring up fish.
That's right, fish.
I happen to hate fish. But
my mother taught me that
one should always behave
properly even when it's
difficult. So when I'm in-
vited to dinner and the host
serves me fish, I eat it. Even
when it's a huge chunk of
the stuff, eyes intact.
Positively chilling.
That's my approach to
fasting. I don't like it, but I
do it because it's the right
thing to do. Not the fun
thing. Not the easy thing.
The right thing.
I often feel alone on fast
days. Not many Jews
observe them and, let's face
it, misery loves company.
"I'm s00000 hungry, aren't
you?" I love to say. Glutton
— forgive me; I couldn't help
myself — that I am for
punishment.
What's interesting is that
fast days really offer some-
thing for everyone.
Obviously, for observant
Jews fasting is fulfilling a
mitzvah, a religious obliga-
tion.
But fasting can hold mean-
ing for non-observant Jews,
as well.
What Jew — even the one
with the least interest in re-
ligion — does not care for the
homeless and hungry? Fast
days offer an excellent op-
portunity to help the needy.
Skip lunch or breakfast or
dinner and donate the
money that would have been
used for the meal to your
favorite charity.
I think the hunger hits me
hardest around 4:30 p.m. I

don't mind missing
breakfast or even lunch. But
when I see I'm going to have
to skip dinner and continue
the fast for some time after
that, I get antsy.
It's usually about that
time I think of the Holo-
caust. I think of Jews who
were hungry not just for
hours, but for months. I
think of the Jews of
Auschwitz and Treblinka
who opted to bypass meals
on fast days though they had
had nothing but a crumb of
bread for days before. I think
of Jews who watched their
children starve. And I

I've tried every
strategy, but now
I've got a new one.

become sick with myself for
complaining about one day
without three complete
meals.
Next time, why not skip
going out to lunch and give
the money instead to a
charity, to help someone
hungry day in and day out?
Think of it as fish — the
right thing to do.
And call me when you feel
those hunger pangs. I'll
commiserate.
The next fast day is July
19, the 17th of Tammuz. ❑

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LOCAL NEWS h

Pesach Workshops
At Bais Chabad

Bais Chabad Torah Center
will host two Passover
workshops, 8:15 p.m. March
31 and April 6 at the Torah
Center.
At the first workshop, Rab-
bi Elimelech Silberberg will
lecture on "The Passover Kit-
chen," including a discussion
on koshering the stove,
microwave, sink and counters.
The second workshop will
focus on "The Haggadah and
Seder Night Customs."
For information, call the
Torah Center, 855-6170.

Blood Drive
At Adat Shalom

Adat Shalom Synagogue
will hold a blood donor drive
9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5.
Red Cross specialists will
handle all procedures. An ap-
pointment time may be
scheduled by calling Edie
Rubin, 661-3835. The drive is
sponsored by the synagogue's
Social Action Committee.

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