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This past Yom Kippur was the first time I had fasted in a few years. I definitely believe that my recent trip to Israel was the reason for that. For the first half of my day I would say my thoughts were focused on the hunger and the thirst I was feeling. As the day went on I began to adjust to that feeling and my thoughts shifted to why I was fasting. I thought that this fast could act as a cleanse for me and that is exactly what it did. I was able to think openly and worry about things other than food and water. I remember my last thought before the day began was that I didn't think I would make it the whole day. I thought that I would cheat but I am happy to say that I completed the fast and that I plan on taking part in this tradition for years to come.
This past year has been full of so much love, learning, and expansion of my mind and soul. I had an interesting experience on Birthright spiritually. Touching the western wall was a really deep and poweful experience. I felt connected to my ancestors. I wish I had a chance to experience israel outside of the birthright lens because I felt like I wasn't getting a really genuine experience of the country and I felt incomplete, confused, and wondering if I even wanted to come back. Regardless, I am so happy to meet many other beautiful humans along this crazy journey - the best is yet to come!
Often Judaism (religiously and spirituality) tries to instill the connectedness and circular nature of lie. In the case of this video, we can take away the idea that man was made in G-d's image by mirroring to children, the same role man tries to play. The father realizes that his son's relationship with him is not unlike his own relationship with G-d. As an inspiration for Yom Kippur, this video inspires one to realize that it is man's nature to err, but also in his nature to want to be "clean" again.