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How are the Jewish fast days observed?

The most noticeable observance of a fast day is the abstention from food and drink. On a deeper level, a fast day is an auspicious day; a day when...

Is it true that the Messiah will be born (or was born) on Tishah b'Av?

The Midrash1 relates that on the same day the Holy Temple was destroyed, Moshiach was born. The Midrash goes so far to tell us his name: Menachem....

What is the name of the Shabbat before Tishah b'Av?

The Shabbat is called "Shabbat Chazon." The Haftorah of this Shabbat begins with the words "Chazon Yeshayahu," "the vision...

Why aren't we permitted to study Torah on Tishah b'Av?

King David writes,1 "The laws of the Lord are just, rejoicing the heart." On Tishah b'Av, we refrain from any activity which causes even...

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

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

What happens when a fast day falls out on Shabbat?

In the Jewish calendar there are six fasts. If any one of them (aside for Yom Kippur) falls out on Shabbat, Shabbat takes precedence and we do not...

Why do we fast on the Third of Tishrei (Tzom Gedaliah)?

After the destruction of the 1st Holy Temple, King Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian monarch who destroyed the Temple, appointed a pious Jew of Davidic...

Why do we fast on the Seventeenth of Tammuz?

The fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz (Shivah Assar b'Tammuz) commemorates five sad events1 which occurred on this date:1. Moses broke the tablets...

Is it permitted to take medicine on a fast day?

The rule of thumb is that there are three general types of medication: 1) Medicine which is critical to one's health, and missing the daily dosage can...

What happened on Asarah b'Tevet?

On Assarah b’Tevet (“The Tenth of Tevet”) of the year 3336 (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to...