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When Purim is on Sunday when is the Fast of Esther?


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Rabbi Yossi T: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...

masked: Is Purim delayed until after Shabbat this year?

Rabbi Yossi T: no

Rabbi Yossi T: the date of purim this year1 is sat night and sunday

masked: and ta'anit2 Esther?

masked: i thought that was the day before.

Rabbi Yossi T: correct, normally the Fast of Esther is the day before Purim

Rabbi Yossi T: but there is no fasting on shabat, so its moved up 2 days3 to Thursday

masked: aha! why two?

Rabbi Yossi T: We don't fast on friday either unless an actual fast day falls out to be a Friday, but here we are anyway not doing it the regular day so we push it back one more day

Rabbi Yossi T: so as to enter shabat relaxed and enjouying

masked: oh ok thank you

Rabbi Yossi T: happy purim

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  • 1. this year, 2007. The next time Purim will start Sat. nite will be 2010
  • 2. Fast of Esther
  • 3. Code of Jewish Law, Orach Chayim 686:2


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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
A one-day holiday celebrated in late winter commemorating the miraculous deliverance of the Jewish people from a decree of annihilation issued by Persian King Ahasuerus in the year 356 BCE.
1. Jewish wife of Persian King Ahasuerus in the 4th century BCE. Foiled the plot of Haman, the prime minister, to exterminate all the Jews. The holiday of Purim commemorates this miraculous salvation. 2. One of the 24 Books of the Bible, which chronicles the abovementioned story.
Fast of Esther
The fast commemorates the fasts which the Jews fasted during the perilous times of the Purim story. Observed on the day before Purim, the 13th of Adar (unless that date falls out on the Sabbath).