It’s a day full of contradictions, some of which are rather odd.
According to the Jewish “Halacha” (religious laws and tradition), it used to be a happy day, in which men chose women for the purpose of establishing a family. According to the same “Halacha” it is now a sacred day, in which people are damn scared for their future and afraid of their own shadows.
According to the same tradition, towards the end of the day, the gates of Heaven are allegedly closed and prayers (asking God for forgiveness) find it more difficult to break through. There is of course an exact known minute when God is no longer accepting new calls. Yet, the day of Yom Kippur may once every few years postpone by a whole month, due to the old complex calculation of the Jewish calendar, inherited from the ancient Babylonians and Greeks. It’s truly amazing how God seems to have adapted the management of Heaven’s gates to this early remarkable man-made invention of Babylonian and Greek astronomy.
According to the strict Orthodox Jewish rules, keeping the “Sabbath” is more important than observing the rules of Yom Kippur. Still, most so-called secular Jews observe Yom Kippur rules and not the “Sabbath”.
God is allegedly everywhere, so he (she? It?) is in different time zones where Yom Kippur is still in effect or not in effect at the same time. Must be a very confused God.
So, if you fast on this day because you think it’s “healthy”, if you fast because you call it a “tradition”, if you do so and talk about the general feeling of belonging… Prove it to yourself that you are right and not suffering from OCD: Sometimes during the day eat a small bread crumb. Perhaps even a single grain of rice.