Minor Fasts

Mourning and Memory

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).


Remember, and Don’t Forget!

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


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How minor fast days are observed.


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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