A story is told of a painter who was shortchanging his customers by thinning out his paint but charging full price for his services. On Yom Kippur, the painter was consumed with a sense of guilt and remorse. He fasted all day and prayed to God with all his heart and soul.
As the end of the day was rapidly approaching, the painter cried out from the depths of his soul, “Hear my prayers Oh God, and forgive me for my transgressions.”
At that very moment, the painter heard a booming voice from Heaven on High. It said, “Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!”
May we all be blessed with a meaningful fast.
Shanah Tovah — Steve