minor fasts

Quiz: Minor Fasts

Mourning and Memory

   

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Remembering Tragedies of the Past

Several fast days that commemorate events from the past, such as the assassination of the Jewish leader Gedaliah (depicted below).

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Remember, and Don’t Forget!

The fast days are an example of the primacy of collective memory in Jewish tradition.

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PLUS:Is there still Jewish group memory today?

Practices

How minor fast days are observed.

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Non-Fixed Fast Days

Other occasions when some Jews may choose to fast:

·        Personal fasts for atonement and repentance

·        Communal or personal fasts because of danger, for spiritual cleansing, or other reasons

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Jewish Minor Fast Days

A brief description of all the minor fasts on the Jewish calendar.

Tisha B’Av 101

Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar.

17th of Tammuz

A minor fast day with major history.