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  • I no longer fast, but I say the prayer giving thanks that it is ok not to fast because I am too ill not to eat.

    But I light the candle and said the prayer for my departed mother and my father, and my dear grandson who only lived for a couple of hours last year.

    I carry out the ceremony for the sake of my parents religion. I can talk to them any time I need to without a special day and I no longer follow my family's religion; but no one else is lighting a candle for them so, one day a year. I enter into my heritage and weep.

    I would so much love to meet you Susan. Yom Kippur is a terrible experience it reminds us not only of our own dead relatives but also the holocaust . I hope you will be able to take comfort in the Sukkot and Simchat Torah festivals.

    Image: a poem written by children in Derrygonnelly about their favourite smells.
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