The young men of cohort 21, together with their group leaders, devotedly prepared all of the food for the pre-fast meal for the academy’s graduates who came to the mechina in anticipation of the fast. The dishes were indulgent and delicious, providing strength for the long day of prayer and inner contemplation ahead.
Entering into the fast together with close friends, with whom they went through a meaningful process at the mechina, instills a sense of warmth and love. This joyful atmosphere enables getting through the fast with ease and pleasure, out of love of God and without coercion.
The communal prayers were an elevating experience, which will surely echo in the hearts of the young men and graduates alike, and provide spiritual strength for the coming year ahead.
Yom Kippur at the mechina is a unique opportunity for meaningful connection to religion and values through love, belonging, and faith.