Q: Why are you talking about health and fasting all year round? We usually reserve these topics for right before Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av.
A: We saw the need for change. The current system wasn't working. Some people had isolating experiences eating on fast days, where they felt disconnected from their communities. Others may have put themselves in danger by fasting. For some of us, fast days were emotionally painful, and sometimes dangerous, experiences.
Upon reflection, we identified so many areas for change that we decided to do this work year round. In doing so, we could teach sources about pikuach nefesh (saving a life), address harmful messaging, write articles and guides for those eating on fast days, connect with each other, and build a supportive community.