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

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?...

Why do we give a *half* Shekel to charity?

It is customary to give Machatzit Hashekel - a half Shekel (or half dollar etc.) - to charity on the Fast of Esther.1   In the times of the...

Why do we give the Machatzit Hashekel on the Fast of Esther?

The Talmud1 says: It was known to Him who spoke and the world was created, that in the future Haman would give talents of silver [to Ahasuerus] for [the...

What is the Machatzit Hashekel?

"Machatzit Hashekel" means a half of a Shekel. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jewish man over the age of twenty (according to...

Why do we fast on the Fast of Esther?

There are two opinions as to the origin of this fast:1) On Haman's pocket-calendar, the 13th of Adar was circled in red. This was the day when the...

What is the Fast of Esther?

The day before Purim, the 13th of Adar, is a fast day, the Fast of Esther. The fast starts approximately 72 minutes before sunrise and lasts until...