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Yom Kippur Hunger Text Study

Yom Kippur is the most well-known of the Jewish fast days. We willingly deny ourselves sustenance in order to be drawn closer to God and also to help us recognize the pain of those suffering hunger throughout the year. We turn our thoughts and our actions to the millions of people around the world who cry out daily in hunger. 

The Days of Awe are an important time for Jews to engage in self-reflection and perform the holy work of seeking forgiveness and teshuvah or repentance. As we deny ourselves food and water during the Day of Atonement to bring ourselves closer to God, we also bring food to feed the hungry. We hope that our acts of tzedakah will at once help us achieve teshuvah and provide for the millions of people around the world who suffer from hunger every day.