Ask the Rabbi: Questions and Answers about Fast Days
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Broken Fast - This morning I forgot that it was a fast day (17 Tammuz) and drank a glass of water. Is there any point continuing to fast, or can I just eat at this point? Also, is there any way to make up the fast now... More
Easy Fast - Every year as Yom Kippur approaches, I get into an anxiety mode. I have a really hard time fasting without food or water for an entire day. I try to eat a huge meal right before the fast, but it only... More
What is the Purpose of Fasting? - Why do we fast? What function does it serve in our spiritual life? How can being hungry and thirsty help us connect? More
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Minor Fasts

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Fast of Esther

Exemptions from Fasting - I tend to get bad headaches when I fast. Am I obligated to fast on the Fast of Esther? Likewise, I have a friend who is pregnant. What is her status? More

Yom Kippur

Eating on Yom Kippur? - It has come to that time of year again when my family argues over whether my 81-year-old grandfather should fast on Yom Kippur. This year, however, the situation is slightly different, since less than a... More
Leather Shoes - I am used to the idea of not wearing leather shoes on Yom Kippur. But recently my mother died and the rabbi said that I shouldn’t wear leather shoes for a whole week. Why not? More
Nicotine Patch - I'm trying to kick the smoking habit, but I still need my daily fix. Am I allowed to use a nicotine patch on Yom Kippur? More
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