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Fast of Esther: fast observed on the thirteenth of Adar in commemoration of Queen Esther’s fast at the time of the miracle of Purim
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The Fast of Esther is a dawn-to-nightfall fast held on the day before the jolly holiday of Purim, commemorating the fasting of our ancestors in response to the dramatic chain of events that occurred during their exile in the Persian empire.
Remember, Fast & Give
The Shabbat before Purim is Shabbat Zachor. The day before Purim (in most years) is the Fast of Esther. Learn about the significance of these days and their associated observances.
The day the Jews battled their enemy was a day of fasting and prayer. And fasting also preceded Esther’s approaching Ahasuerus. We commemorate these fasts . . .
A compelling analysis of the pre-Purim tradition to fast before feasting! Looking back at the original Torah-true teachings, a rich and satisfying presentation is served. Yet, the popular name indicates a very important ingredient is still missing. The cr...
Meditation for the Public Fast of Esther
The meaning of the public fast (Fast of Esther) observed on the day before Purim.
The rest of the people might have felt they should be fasting, but were not permitted to, since they needed every ounce of strength to defend themselves against Haman’s venomous hordes. Esther, sitting in the palace, was the only one who had nothing to fe...
Days of Opportunity
The Jewish calendar contains several fast days, most of them commemorating various landmark events that revolve around the destruction of the Holy Temples. Learn how these days are observed.
Halachot of Ta'anit Esther and the Half Shekel that is given to charity on this day
Why don't we fast on all the Jewish holy days? After all, they celebrate the triumph of the spiritual
Why Was the Fast Instituted? Rambam writes:Mishneh Torah, Hil. Taaniyos 5:5. The entire Jewish people follow the custom of fasting . . . on the thirteenth of Adar, in commemoration of the fast undertaken at the time of Haman, as it is written,Esther 9:31....
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