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I just realized its a fast day today; am i supposed to fast even though i ate already?

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Adam: i just realized its a fast day today; am i supposed...

On which dates is the Haftorah chanted?

The Haftorah is read at the conclusion of the Torah reading during the Shabbat and major holiday1 morning service. On fast days the Haftorah is read after...

What does "Tishah b'Av" mean?

Mrs. Kaplan: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's your question? Daniella: tishah b_av Daniella: Why is the 9th of Av called Tishah...

Is it permitted to shower on a fast day?

Mrs. Kumer: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... Hungry: are we allowed to take a shower today [Ed. Note: The Fast of Esther]? Mrs. Kumer: yes Hungry:...

Can I brush my teeth on a fast day?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment... thinking_minty: can I brush my teeth on a fast day?1...

Is it permitted to work on Fast Days?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...Henri: Is one permitted to work during the Fast of...

My oncologist told me not to fast on Yom Kippur. Now what?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...June: I have been advised by my oncologist not to fast on...

How is Tishah b'Av observed differently when it falls out on Sunday?

 When Tishah b’Av is directly preceded by Shabbat, a day when all public displays of mourning is prohibited -- either because the 9th of Av...

Does the meal after Tishah b'Av have to contain meat?

On the contrary: we do not eat meat until after midday on the tenth of Av, and Sephardim do not eat meat the entire day of the tenth of Av. This is because...

What are "Selichot" and when are they recited?

Selichot: Supplications.  Selichot is a series of penitential prayers and liturgy which are recited on select somber days throughout the year. With...