Erev Yom Kippur: Why do we fast?

Why do we fast?

To pour open
To make art
To taste the berries.
To see what it looks like to put ourselves together again.
To empty out the unnecessary parts.
To hope beyond fraility.
To live with our pain. 
To find something buried below our skin.
The words, “You were meant to live.”
And in all the takings away, a final giving back:
 
Yes.
 
You are really here.
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