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Without calling it a ceremony, you are actually correct that there is a declaration that an individual who wishes to fast says during the minha amida of the day before a voluntary fast Master of all the worlds, I come before you to accept a voluntary fast voluntary for tomorrow. May it be your will, Hashem my God and the God of my forefathers that ...


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The fast days of Yom Kippur and Tisha B'av have a ritual meal before the fast (seudah hamafseket, the separation meal), which is a ceremony of sorts. (I know you say not Yom Kippur, but i'll address it anyways.) The meal before Tisha B'av is a sad, mourning style meal, eaten on the floor in solitude. Many people have the custom to just have a piece of bread ...


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From Wikipedia: If a firstborn attending a siyum does not hear the completion of the tractate, or if he does not understand what he hears, or if he is in the shiva period of mourning and is thus forbidden from listening to the Torah material being taught, some authorities rule that subsequent eating would not qualify as a seudat mitzvah and he would ...



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