Today many of us are fasting, maybe most of us.
Fasting by choice -
for tradition, because our parents and our grandparents did it,
to pray for a good year, for ourselves, our family, our friends,
and others we hold dear.
It’s not easy fasting,
and we’re glad when we hear the final sound of the shofar,
and can break our fast and eat.
Others are also not eating today, but not by choice.
They have no food.
And when the sun sets, it won’t change their situation,
and they won’t have a big buffet to choose from
to ease their discomfort.