Today is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the most holy day of the year. It is also known as the Day of Atonement in which we ask for forgiveness for wrongs we have committed in the past year. Most observant Jews will fast, refrain from all forms of work, and spend the day in synagogue (many non observant Jews also do this, but it's usually the only day of the year they see the inside of a temple...) For my personal method of observance, I choose to fast only, using the uncomfortable twists of my hungry stomach as a reminder to reflect on why I'm fasting and hence the importance of the day. Regardless of your level of observance, I wish to all of my friends out there who celebrate a meaningful fast and G'mar Hatimah Tovah (May you be sealed in the Book of Life for a good year).
For those of you interested in learning more about Yom Kippur, you can check out these sites here and here.