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What is the Fast of Esther?
The day before Purim, the 13th of Adar, is a fast day, the Fast of Esther. The fast starts approximately 72 minutes before sunrise and lasts until...

Why was a fast day established for the day of Miriam’s passing?
The 10th of Nissan is observed by some as a fast day, in commemoration of Miriam's demise on that date. The death of Miriam indirectly led to the death of...

What happened on the Ninth of Av?
Picture this: The Israelites are in the desert, recently having experienced the miraculous Exodus, and are now poised to enter the Promised Land. But...

What are all the Fast Days?
The 3rd of Tishrei (the Fast of Geddaliah). (see also "Why do we fast on the Third of Tishrei (Tzom Gedaliah)?" ) The 10th of Tishrei (Yom...

What happened on Asarah b'Tevet?
On Assarah b’Tevet (“The Tenth of Tevet”) of the year 3336 (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to...

Is it permitted to take medicine on a fast day?
The rule of thumb is that there are three general types of medication: 1) Medicine which is critical to one's health, and missing the daily dosage can...

Why do we fast on the Seventeenth of Tammuz?
The fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz (Shivah Assar b'Tammuz) commemorates five sad events1 which occurred on this date:1. Moses broke the tablets...

Why do we fast on the Third of Tishrei (Tzom Gedaliah)?
After the destruction of the 1st Holy Temple, King Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian monarch who destroyed the Temple, appointed a pious Jew of Davidic...

What happens when a fast day falls out on Shabbat?
In the Jewish calendar there are six fasts. If any one of them (aside for Yom Kippur) falls out on Shabbat, Shabbat takes precedence and we do not...

Do pregnant or nursing women have to fast on Jewish fast days?
Pregnant and nursing women are exempt from all fasts - aside for Yom Kippur and Tishah b'Av.1 Generally speaking, and under normal...

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