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As I prepare to eat on Yom Kippur,
please help me find meaning.
As I nourish my body, heart, mind, and soul,
may comfort envelop me.
May I find teshuvah
by returning to my inner light.
By returning to my true self.
May I find a community
who will hold me where I am.
For who I am.
May the words of my heart
reach Your loving and compassionate presence.
May I find peace and holiness
“A Prayer for Eating on Yom Kippur” was written by A Mitzvah to Eat (Sarah Osborne) and appears in הַרְחֶב פִּֽיךָ וַאֲמַלְאֵֽהוּ Open Your Mouth Wide, and I (God) Will Fill It: Prayers and Rituals for those who need to eat on Yom Kippur (2022). For a similar prayer with a translation in Hebrew, find “A Prayer for those who need to eat on fast days” (A Mitzvah to Eat 2022), p. 3.
“A Prayer for Eating on Yom Kippur, by A Mitzvah to Eat (2022)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
Kavvanah before eating or drinking on Yom Kippur for military personnel on active service (IDF 2017)
תפילה למי שצריך לאכול בימי צום | Prayer for those who need to eat on fast days (A Mitzvah to Eat, 2022)
Kavvanah before eating or drinking on Yom Kippur for those who must eat for the safety of their life, as found in Torat ha-Yoledet (Rabbi Yitzchok Zilberstein 1983)