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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 Yom Kippur?

A. Fasting on Yom Kippur is mandated by the Torah and is Positive Mitzvah #164. The Torah1 commands us to “afflict” ourselves on...

What's the connection between the High Holidays and Sukkot?

Question: The High Holidays and Sukkot are in the same month, just about back to back, and seem to be connected. But what's the connection between the...

What is Yom Kippur?

A. Yom Kippur commemorates the day when G-d forgave the Jewish people for the sin of the Golden Calf. Forty days after hearing from G-d at Mount Sinai,...