Can I Break the Yom Kippur Fast?



		Shapiro's son, Greg, walked up to his father's rabbi
		during the break between the Musaf and Mincha services
		on Yom Kippur. 

		"Rabbi Pollak, you must help me...I know that we're 
		supposed to fast this day, but I am so thirsty--I must 
		be allowed to have something to drink!"

		Rabbi Pollak quietly, but firmly responded, "I am sorry,
		but it must be pekuach nefesh (life-threatening) before 
		the fast may be broken." 

		"But, you don't understand," whined young Shapiro, "if 
		I don't get something soon, I am going to faint from 
		thirst."  Shapiro had continued on for some time when the 
		rabbi finally relented and instructed the Gabbai to give 
		Greg a shot-glass of water.

		Young Shapiro quickly downed the liquid, whereupon he
		gasped, "That's the last time I have salt herring for
		breakfast on Yom Kippur."






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