|Fasting Tools: Joy With Intention|
Your acts of humility on a fast day cannot bring you closer to God than your joy on the Shabbat and the festivals, if your joy is with awareness and intention. Just as supplications demand thought, intention and awareness, so does the joy of a Mitzvah and Torah study demand thought and directed intention. (The Kuzari; Second Essay)
Use the time between now and the Tenth of Tevet to focus on the joy of performing Mitzvot and Torah study.