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Since Yom Kippur is tomorrow night, I want to wish everybody here G'mar Chasima Tova (A good final sealing) and Tzom Kal (easy fast).

(For Elann, G'mar Chatima Tova and Tzom Kal!)
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Same to you and yours.

Fuskie
Who will be padding his Book of Life resume by ushering tomorrow night, representing his family in synagogue as his brothers elect to watch virtually from home (open to anyone if you're looking for a service to stream)...

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Since Yom Kippur is tomorrow night, I want to wish everybody here G'mar Chasima Tova (A good final sealing) and Tzom Kal (easy fast).

(For Elann, G'mar Chatima Tova and Tzom Kal!)


Thank you.

And by the way, Chasima means blockage in Hebrew.
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And by the way, Chasima means blockage in Hebrew.

Well, that can happen if you don't hydrate while you're fasting.

Fuskie
Whose had a hypoglycemic incident Yom Kippur morning and for the first time since he became diabetic 21 years ago actually used his medical excuse and was not able not fast...

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I thought Halacha never permitted diabetics to fast.

An Orthodox rabbi I knew once left shul on Yom Kippur to go to the home of a elderly diabetic woman who was fasting to tell her it was forbidden.
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This is Judaism, where you ask for forgiveness rather than ask for permission. :-)

Fuskie
Who doesn't like to use his diabetes as an excuse to shirk responsibilities, work, home or faith...

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I remember a conversation about a blocked kitchen sink, and I thought the word I heard was stome?

(There was also talk about installing an “? ashpah”, which I figured was a garbage disposal, but I didn’t catch the first word.)
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“doesn't like to use his diabetes as an excuse to shirk responsibilities, work, home or faith.”

Your sense of obligation is commendable!

But is your sense of obligation to your faith being used as an excuse to ignore one of the most basic tenets of that faith?

If you’re Jewish, then being responsible to your faith quite likely means eating on fast days, monitoring your blood sugar levels, and injecting insulin when indicated.

Have you consulted a doctor and rabbi, to discuss the medical and faith implications of fasting?

I know MDs who have rabbinic ordination—not at all rare among orthodox doctors; I can put you in touch with one so you only have to make one phone call!


It’s my understanding that diabetes treatment is usually managed by primary care physicians. I don’t know any endocrinologists who are rabbis, but I’m confident I can find you one if you like.
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My rabbis defer to my doctor on health issues. My Dr. defers to my rabbis on matters of faith, but says it is up to me medically speaking as long as I keep an eye on my blood sugar. I have faith in my doctors. Therefore I have faith in my ability to keep an eye on my blood sugar and deciding in the moment what is best for me.

Fuskie
Who is not interested in replacing either his doctors or his rabbis, though if anyone would like to trade his pancreas for one that produces insulin normally, he'd be open to the idea...

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I remember a conversation about a blocked kitchen sink, and I thought the word I heard was stome?

Those are synonyms. Satoom / Stima ; Chasoom / Chasima.

They are used in different contexts. A blockage in a drain pipe is stima. When a road is closed due to a road block it's a chasima. But if traffic isn't moving because there's a traffic jam then the road is satoom. Satoom is also derogatory for a thick headed idiot. Or non-derogatory if you just have a stuffy head due to a cold.

The garbage disposal/grinder is a tochen ashpah.

Elan
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And by the way, Chasima means blockage in Hebrew.

Yes. This is why many people say it on the last day of Pesach. 😂
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Thank you, Elan. As always, a cogent answer to my Hebrew questions.
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