Minor Fasts

Mourning and Memory
FEATURED ARTICLES ON MINOR FASTS

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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Minor Fasts Quiz

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Jewish Minor Fast Practices

Many of the stringent restrictions that apply on Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur do not apply to the minor fasts.

Jewish Minor Fast Days

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

Hanukkah 2019

In 2019, the first night of Hanukkah is Sunday, Dec. 22.

Tu Bishvat 2020

In 2020, the "birthday of the trees" begins at sundown on Sunday Feb. 9 and ends at sundown on Monday Feb. 10.

Shabbat Blessings for Friday Night

Lighting the candles, saying Kiddush and other Shabbat dinner rituals.

Modern Jewish Holidays 101

There are a handful of holidays that entered Jewish life in the latter half of the 20th century.

How to Light Shabbat Candles

What you need to know about this ritual welcoming the Sabbath.