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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Fast Days: Synagogue Laws & Customs

Fast days are acknowledged in the synagogue liturgy.

Fast Days for Repentance & Atonement

The Jewish calendar has a number of such days in addition to Yom Kippur.

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