Yesterday, a request was publicized in the name of R' Chaim Kanievsky to accept a fast in the afternoon to fast today for the medical recovery of R' Y.S. Elyashiv, unless it interferes with one's learning. I have multiple questions:
- How does fasting alone merit a recovery?
- Is this act dependent on one accepting the fast the previously, or if one finds out in the morning, should he continue to fast?
- If one starts the day not fasting (e.g., I had a coffee this morning to help my learning b/f davening), does it help to continue fasting afterwards?