About Sarah Goldstein

Sarah Goldstein is a reporter for Inc. and an editor for The Crier magazine.

Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

By October 6, 2008

Day Five: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day Five: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

I decided that I wanted a bat mitzvah when I was 20. I had been living in South Africa and spending a lot of time with Jews whose lives seemed enriched by their faith. Though I had not been raised … Read More

Day Four: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day Four: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

For my final day of decision-making, I didn’t want to talk to an expert. I didn’t want to hear what the Torah had to say, or how my cells would dry up and die, or how fasting contributes to body … Read More

Day Three: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day Three: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

“I could eat all the time” is a favorite expression among the women in my family. It’s an exaggeration, yes, but not by much. We’re second- and third-helping kinds of eaters, the types who always eat dessert and apologize for … Read More

Day Two: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day Two: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

Dr. Myron Yaster is the reason I started fasting, though he doesn’t know it. Yaster has been observing the fast since his bar mitzvah 41 years ago. He attends a Conservative synagogue in Baltimore, the same one where his three … Read More

Day One: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day One: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

I am not a faster. Forget going a whole day without eating—it’s hard for me to go more than a few hours without a snack. Fasting wasn’t a tradition in my home. Neither were bat mitzvahs. And it was a … Read More

Tales of a Fourth Grade Suicide Bomber

Tales of a Fourth Grade Suicide Bomber
By May 9, 2007

Suspicious of his oversized clothes and nervous movement, Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint ordered Hussam Abdu to stop and lift his hands. “I don’t know how to get this off,” Abdu shouted, tugging at the explosive belt around his waist. … Read More