Sunday, August 10, 2008

Exhausted but uplifted

Hello there. I hope all my Jewish readers had an easy and meaningful fast of Tisha b'Av. To those of you who don't know, Tisha b'Av (9-th of Av) is a fast in memory of the destruction of the holy Temple, which happened 1940 years ago.

Tisha b'Av and Yom Kippur are the only two fasts pregnant women must observe. The idea of spending 25 hours with no food and drink seemed a bit overwhelming, as I'm nowadays much hungrier than usual, but in fact I didn't feel any worse than at other times when I fasted. I could, of course, break the fast if I felt I absolutely couldn't handle it (to the point of fainting or feeling very ill), but I pulled through and I'm happy about it.

Since I feel a bit dizzy, I'll leave the keyboard for now. May we soon rejoice in seeing the Temple rebuilt in all its glory.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Mrs. Anna T.,
I read your blog for a while although I am not Jewish. You mentioned your 25 hours fasting and I would like to know if you do fasting as a spiritual disciplin on a regular basis or if you know people who do that!
Thanks for posting... blessings,
Charlene

Mrs. Anna T said...

Charlene, I'm not sure what you mean by "regular basis". We have several fasts during the year we observe.

Swylv said...

yes may we soon rejoice!

Amber said...

Hello! I am Amber, I ran across your blog on LAF. Congrats on your marriage and the blessing of a baby. We are very much alike. Although not Jewish, we keep the Sabbath and Holy Days of the Old Test. We also believe in the Lord chosing our family size and are expecting our 3rd blessing anyday. I am enjoying reading about your life. Did you ever post about how you and your Beloved met?
Amber

Michelle Potter said...

Congratulations on being able to observe your fast, Anna. It must feel very good to be able to fulfill your spiritual obligations when it's a little harder than usual.

Anonymous said...

Anna, when the Temple is rebuilt (because I believe it will be in our lifetime) will you personally participate in the sacrifice of animals according to Torah? I'm so curious about that- I don't want to be offensive in asking and I understand if you don't want to answer. Being a Christian I have read the requirements and find it amazing that people are able to follow them all. I also can visualize how disturbing that form of worship is, with all the blood and entrails and everything. However, I know from a Jewish standpoint it would be thrilling to finally be able to follow Torah in this way after all these centuries. I'd be interested in what you have to say.

Mia said...

Thank you for sharing about your fast..I've never heard of this before, and I'm anxious to learn more about it. I'm sure it'll be harder for you (to fast) in the future as you "grow big with child" and I admire your steadfastness (no pun intended! lol)

--Mia

Anonymous said...

Is fasting safe for pregnant women? Particularly as it gets later in the pregnancy, I would imagine that not drinking anything would not be good and could actually lead to an early labor.

Anonymous said...

It truly must have seemed hard at first, Anna. I do remember so well how hungry I was during pregnancy. You say no food & drink....does that mean water as well?

thinking of you,
Brenda

Andrea said...

Anna, I am glad you came through it okay. My (Conservative) friend's father is diabetic and he still observes all the fasts even though (at least according to my understanding) he would be exempted from them due to his infirmity. I know my friend worries about her father during each fast, so I guess the question is, now that we know you made it through okay- did Mr T?! I imagine he must have been concerned for you!

Aelwyn said...

I am an Eastern Orthodox Christian. We observe several fasts, but few are total. Most are vegetarian fasts - meaning no meat, dairy, fish, oil, or wine. Pregnant and nursing women may, but are not required to, lessen fasting restrictions or not fast. There are a few times during the year when, ideally, all Orthodox Christians are supposed to go with no or as little food as possible, such as the beginning of Great Lent. For us, fasting is a spiritual discipline meant for the healing and health of our souls.

Good job hanging in there.

Persuaded said...

wow, 25 hours with no food or drink is quite a grueling fast for a pregnant gal. i'm sorry i didn't know of it earlier or i would have been praying for your strength and peace during the fast-time... as it is i'll be praying for your swift return to full energy and wellness now that it's over!

peace to you and sweet tiny one, my dear:)

Mrs. Anna T said...

Wow ladies... so many questions!

Amber,

I've never shared a detailed story, but you'll see some hints here and there if you browse through "marriage" and the most recent posts in "singleness and preparing for marriage".

Anon 1,

a) Not every sacrifice is animal sacrifice; b) I don't think *I*, personally, would be required to sacrifice animals; c) of course if that's what we need to do, that's what we'll do.

Anon 2,

When you are dehydrated, you feel it. I spent most of the day in bed, and didn't feel any weaker than when I normally fast. I didn't feel that my head spins, that I'm about to faint, or any other dangerous signals. If I felt anything like that, I would eat and drink enough to sustain me and baby of course.

Brenda,

Yes it certainly means no water, too. That's the hard part. :-)

Andrea,

Mr. T handled it better than me. I'm not sure about diabetics - certainly it's still a mitzvah to try and fast, even though he could eat whenever he feels he can't handle it, I suppose.

Kate said...

When my children were small their bedtime prayers always included prayers for the Peace of Jerusalem.

How we still pray for that day and the Restoration of the Temple.

Love,

Kate.