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 Practices

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

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The Fast of Esther

The fast that precedes the holiday of Purim.