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Do pregnant or nursing women have to fast on Jewish fast days?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Pregnant and nursing women are exempt from all fasts - aside for Yom Kippur and Tishah b'Av.1

Generally speaking, and under normal circumstances, pregnant and nursing women must fast on Yom Kippur and Tishah b'Av. If you have been advised otherwise by your doctor, or if you feel that you can't fast due to illness, weakness, etc., you should speak to your local rabbi.

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  • 1. Shulchan Aruch Orech Chaim 550:1 (See Rama). And ibid 617:1

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