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The Fast of Esther

The Fast of Esther

The How-To

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· The Fast of Esther is not one of the four public fasts ordained by the Prophets. Consequently, we are more lenient in its observance; pregnant women, nursing mothers, and those who are weak are not required to observe it.

· The Anenu prayer in the Amidah prayer, Selichot, and the special Torah reading for fast days are required on the Fast of Esther.

· If the thirteenth of Adar falls on Shabbat, the fast is observed on the preceding Thursday, the eleventh of Adar. Because if Purim falls on the fourteenth, we do not put off the fast for the following day; as is the case for example, when the Ninth of Av falls on Shabbat; nor do we observe it on Friday out of deference to Shabbat. The only public fast that can fall on a Friday is the Tenth of Tevet.

· Tachanun is not said at Minchah on the Fast of Esther. Some people observe the custom of wearing their Shabbat clothing at Mincha on the Fast of Esther, since the Megillah reading follows immediately afterwards unless Purim falls on Sunday, in which case the fast is on Thursday but the Megillah is not read until Saturday night.

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March 23, 2016
To Anonymous, Israel
In general one may not eat until after the Meghillah has been read. If you find yourself in extenuating circumstances, consult with a rabbi to find out whether you can eat after nightfall but before the Megillah reading. Feel free to contact our Ask the Rabbis via the link on the top of this page.
Chabad.org Staff
March 23, 2016
what is the source of being allowed to listen to music?
Anonymous
March 23, 2016
To Anonymous
Yes you may listen to music on the Fast of Esther
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March 23, 2016
Allowed to hear music on Ta'anis Esther?
Anonymous
March 23, 2016
Can one eat before the Megillah?
Anonymous
Israel
March 23, 2016
To Anonymous, NY
Yes one may go to the mikvah on the Fast of Esther.
Chabad.org Staff
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March 23, 2016
Anonymous Montreal
The fast began at 5:16 and will end at 7:42PM in Montreal. You can find times at chabad.org/zmanim
Chabad.org Staff
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March 23, 2016
Mikva
Can one go to Mikva?
Anonymous
Ny
March 22, 2016
what are the fast hours in Montreal ?
Anonymous
Montreal
March 22, 2016
Anonymous Miami
The fast starts at 6:09AM and ends at 7:57PM in Miami Florida. For times in any location in the world see chabad.org/zmanim
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