Why Fast on Yom Kippur?
James Scott Trimm
On Yom Kippur the Torah commands us to "afflict our souls ('INuI NeFeSH)" as we read:
“And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourns among you... It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever."
"Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto YHWH... For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people... It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath."
"And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work therein:"
The expression "to afflict your souls" in Hebrew is a euphemism meaning "to fast" (Tzom). The Hebrew phrase 'INuI NeFeSH is translated as "afflicting the soul". It also appears in a number of Scriptural passages, in which it is clear that this expression refers to fasting:
"...I afflicted (KJV: "humbled") my soul with fasting;
and my prayer returned into mine own bosom."
"...I wept, and afflicted (KJV: "chastened") my soul with fasting,
that was to my reproach."
“Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and you see not?
wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and you take no notice?..."
(Isaiah 58:3; see also vv.5 & 10)
This is because the word "Soul" Means "appetite"
It should be pointed out that one of the meanings of the word "NeFeSH", commonly translated as "soul", is in fact "appetite". For example:
"And put a knife to your throat,
if you be a man given to appetite (NeFeSH)."
" For he satisfies the longing soul (NeFeSH),
and fills the hungry soul (NeFeSH) with goodness."
"The full soul (NeFeSH) loathes a honeycomb;
but to the hungry soul (NeFeSH) every bitter thing is sweet."
“Yea, they are greedy dogs
which can never satisfy their souls (NeFeSH) (KJV: "have enough")"
This is why Acts refers to Yom Kippur as “The Day of the Fast”:
9 And we were there a long time, until even the day of the Jewish fast was past. And
it was dangerous for a man to travel by sea, and Paul counseled them,
The shofar has been blown and the Day of Atonement is fast approaching. Each year at this time it is said that the gates of heaven open and the Merkavah (divine throne-chariot) is prepared for YHWH to come and judge the earth. It is for this reason that each Yom Kippur we make intercession for the world and petition YHWH to give us at least one more year. One more year to bring His people out of Babylon and into Torah, and one more year to bring more Jewish people to a knowledge of Messiah.
Each year the sins of the world are rapidly increasing and the time of reckoning is approaching.
As many of you know my wife went in the hospital on Aug. 3rd for surgery. Things did not go well. On August 9th she was moved to ICU and was rushed into an emergency surgery. She was in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator for two days and was incoherent for two days after that. After several days in ICU she was downgraded to PCU. However she was still septic and having more complications.
On August 28th she went back in for more surgery. This was supposed to be a simple one hour procedure, but turned into a five hour operation, after which she was moved back into ICU on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma for three days. She spent a two more days in ICU before being moved back to PCU (a step down from ICU).
So far she has, during this hospitalization, had three major surgeries, been in ICU twice, for about five days each, and been on a ventilator in a medically induced coma for two or three days twice!
Today is Saturday Sept. 15th. My wife Kitty Trimm has been hospitalized for 43 days. I have been with her the whole time sleeping on a cot. She is still dealing with a lot of pain. She is such a fighter, pushing herself so hard in physical therapy.
Yesterday she stood up with the walker and walked around the hospital hallway!
I am so proud of her. She is working so hard to come home from the hospital, and not have to go from here, into a long term care facility.
We thought we might go home Wednesday, but she was showing signs that infection might have returned, so they are keeping her longer for further treatment (considering it nearly killed her twice previously).
This is hitting us hard financially as well (our daily co-pay is $200 plus for me to eat here is $10 for a guest tray each meal - that adds up). If you would like to donate, donations can be sent by PayPal to email@example.com.
This is not a time that I need to be worried about ministry funds. And yet this has created substantial additional expenses for us at a time when we can least afford it, and right as our rent and many of our bills are due.
While we were here we got news that $1,ooo we anticipated receiving while we were here, and for which we were tightly budgeted, would not be coming in.
We have a substantial daily co-pay every day she is here and I am having to eat from the hospital (they feed my wife free, but charge me $10 a meal for a guest tray).
****If you can make a one time donation of $500 or $1,000 dollars to support this work, now is the time!****
Background for those who don't already know:
As some of you may know, back in 2015 my wife had two major abdominal surgeries. Due to complications from those surgeries she had to have an additional surgery last August (2017). This surgery had an even harder recovery and we were at the hospital several days.
About two months ago I had to rush my wife to the Emergncy Room and learned that her surgery about a year ago had failed, and she would have to undergo a fourth abdominal surgery, on August 3rd.
Is this work worthy of your support? What other ministry provides this kind of teaching?
What other ministry is reaching the Jewish people with Messiah and the world with Torah like this ministry is?
Now is time to step up to the plate!
You can donate by going to the pay-pal counter at http://www.nazarenespace.com or donations can be sent by paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can also be made out to “Nazarene Judaism” and sent to:
PO Box 471
Hurst, TX 76053