HERUT Shitrid vividly recalls the first Yom Kippur she fasted. She was only 10, but somehow she was able to make it through the whole day.
“I felt proud,” she says nearly two decades later. “I was so proud that I could do it.”
These days, Shitrid spends much of her time serenading with her harp the passers-by at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. But back when she was growing up in the southern Israeli city Beersheba, fasting on Yom Kippur was one way to emulate the adults’ process of teshuva — to repent, or to return to your faith and your highest self.
“If we’re asking G-d to delete our sins, we have to show Him we’re willing to sacrifice a little bit,” Shitrid says.