A few notes on fasting for Yom Kippur, aka "Should I...?"

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Let's start with Shulchan Aruch 554:6--a sick person who needs to eat should just eat, doesn't need to ask the doctor. Health is the most important thing, y'all! Be the judge of your needs & don't be foolish!
That said, if you're going to eat and able to eat in smaller increments, or less than usual, do that. And lay off the delicacies.

If you're not fasting for health reasons, at least eat simple food and not, like, bon bons or whatever.
And yes, traditional Jewish law (written/codified by men) typically says that nursing & pregnant ppl should fast, but friends, health ALWAYS COMES FIRST.
There are sources (sorry, don't have time to fish them out now) that suggest that fasting is generally a VERY bad idea when pregnant. (There's a reason there are a ton of preemie births in Israel on Yom K--lots of pregnant ppl trying to be heroic going into early labor.)
And for nursing people, messing with your diet can mess with your milk which can mess with your baby's health. But in any case, these conversations can happen in conversation with your medical professional. I am not that. I am an opinionated rabbi & mother, not a doctor.
Here's a legal responsum from Rabbi @GailLabovitz on this.
rabbinicalassembly.org/sites/default/… Tl;dr pregnant people call your doctor about fasting
And in terms of eating disorders, since that comes up every year, again:

HEALTH COMES FIRST, ALWAYS.

HEALTH COMES FIRST, ALWAYS.

ED's are both physical and mental health issues.

Take care of yourself, and if that means not fasting, do not fast.
Our fasts for God should not EVER be at the expense of our health. That's not how this works.

That's not what God asks of us.

If ANYONE tells you that service to God should come at the expense of your or anyone else's health or safety, run as far as you can from them.
Anywhichway, whether or not you are fasting, make sure you hydrate well beforehand, that's always the key to fasting, and honestly it's the key to a lot of things whether or not you're fasting, so go drink some water now.
And whether or not you're fasting, this ritual tying the Yom Kippur practice of smelling fragrant scents to an intention to bring more justice into the world can help deepen your experience of the day:
ncjw.org/wp-content/upl…
Take care of yourself. Body, soul, heart, and mind.

All your kinds of health, safety and wholeness are important.

God wants you whole, and safe.

So do I.

May you be sealed for goodness.

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