“Is not this the fast I want?” asks God.
“To free people from all which cruelly oppresses them,
To let the oppressed go free,
To break every chain,
To share your food with the hungry,
To take the homeless into your home.
Clothe the naked when you see him.
Do not ignore a needy relative.
Then light will break forth like the dawn, and your wounds will soon be healed.”
— Isaiah 58:6-7, from the Haftarah for Yom Kippur morning; adapted from The Mahzor, The Rabbinical Assembly, and The Tanakh, Jewish Publication Society
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