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According to this article, most Poskim do allow one to brush one's teeth on the three minor fasts, especially if they are going to be in some level of discomfort. ..While the Kaf Hachaim (OC 567:13) forbids rinsing even with less than a revi’is, most poskim are more lenient, especially when one is uncomfortable. Thus, the Rema (Darchei Moshe OC 567:2), ...


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Only Yom Kippur and Tisha b'Av are 25-hour fasts. The others are minor fasts, from dawn (first light, before sunrise) until nightfall (full dark). The minor fasts are: Fast of Gedaliah (3 Tishrei) 10 Tevet Fast of Esther (13 Adar) Fast of the Firstborn (for those to whom it applies) (14 Nisan) 17 Tamuz You can read more about these fasts at Judaism ...


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Fast days are not optional. The "minor" means that they start at daybreak rather than the night before (as do tish'a b'av and yom kippur). Note the rules quoted below for when one may skip the fast (because of illness). Yom Kippur is required by the Torah and Ta'anis Esther is connected to Purim not the destruction of the temple. Once the temple will have ...


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The Chassam Soffer in Toras Moshe mahadurei kama in his drush for 7th of Adar d.h. kasuv addresses this. In short he says that just like every generation that the Beis Hamikdosh is not rebuilt is as if it was destroyed, so too every year on the tenth of Teives which was the beginning of the destruction, we are judged and a gezeira is put forth if the Beis ...


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As explained in אוצר מנהגי חב"ד, the practice in the main Shul in Lubavitch where the Rabbeim davened was not indicative of the official Chabad practice, but rather represented what the crowd chose to do. So whatever the practice was was not indicative of the actual position of the Rabbeim (i.e. what they would do in private). Often the Rabbeim would daven ...


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Continue the fast. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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Nitei Gavriel - Chanuka - 60:6 says that one should not listen to music on a fast day. (sources: Rokeiach, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 121:1)


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I will try to answer the first question on whether Hallel was recited on Yom Nicanor, using classical and rabbinic evidence. There are no sources that record the recitation of Hallel in the celebration of Yom Nicanor. The strongest evidence to indicate that it was said occurs in the Second Book of Maccabees (ch.15), one of the texts historically closest to ...


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The key to not getting dehydrated while fasting is to thoroughly hydrate in the days leading up to it. If you drink a lot of caffeine (or alcohol) especially, gradually back off from that and replace it with water. I start the day after Rosh Hashana, replacing other drinks with water or fruit juice over the course of the week. In the last 24 hours before ...


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The OP asks about attending the siyum and only eating later at a different place and time? The Minchas Yitzchak (vol.9:45) and Rav Elyashav (I heard this from Rav Smith) both say (as do others) that the simchah of the siyum is what releases the fast. Therefore, you may eat later and elsewhere. One idea for this is the Gemara (Shabbos 118) that says when ...


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Rabbi Maroof attributes this to the Beis Yosef (he doesn't give an exact citation). He lists three reasons why. 1) To help reach 100 blessings for the day. 2) Increased spiritual awareness on a fast day allows one to increase the amount of time in a day that Tefillin is worn. 3) Wearing Tefillin focuses concentration during prayer.


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I was learning something related in the Sefer Vezos Haberacha (וזאת הברכה) and came across this exact case! He writes (in Perek 13, in the context of discussing cases that are exceptions to general rules of "ordering of brachos") [loose translation by me]: ‏ וכן אדם שבא לאכול סעודה, ורוצה להקדים ולשתות לפני הסעודה, מפני שהוא צמא, רשאי לעשות כך אף ...


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R Yitzchak Abadi writes (Or Yitzchak 65) that indeed one should not say כי אתה...צרה וצוקה when reciting Aneinu in the fourth to last Bracha of Shmoneh Esrei. If one did accidentally say it he writes that one should not continue with כי אתה שומע...‏ from the end of the regular text, but amend it to ואתה שומע...‏ and not say כי twice.


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The Ramma in Orach Chayim siman 581 says it start at amud hashachar and we are not mashlim. The Aruch Hashulchan there and the Mishna Berurah in siman 562 s.k. 10 says that means you don't need to wait till nightfall. But he then brings a Machatzis Hashekel from our siman that says due to the weakening of the generations many people only fast untill mincha ...


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The Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, Siman 568, Halacha 12, writes: כל השרוי בתענית בין שהיה מתענה על צרתו או על חלומו בין שהיה מתענה עם הצבור על צרתם הרי זה לא ינהג עידונין בעצמו ולא יקל ראשו ולא יהיה שמח וטוב לב אלא דואג ואונן כענין שנאמר מה יתאונן אדם חי Anyone involved in fasting, whether he's fasting because of his suffering or because of his ...


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Consult your rabbi and your doctor as to whether you should be fasting. If you feel weak, sometimes simply taking it easy (or even spending the day in bed) is the right approach. For the Torah-ordered fast day of Yom Kippur, there is less of a violation if one doesn't consume "a serving" of food in "a few minutes." Hence you've likely heard of those who ...


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wiki 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 therefore be ...


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An article (here) notes that the Sheiltos on Purim is almost certainly a later Geonic addition. Accordingly, the earliest reference would be from later Geonim. The author of that article conjectures that it was at that time that the custom developed. We would similarly infer (at least such a rough time estimate) from the Rambam who writes that "these days" ...


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Yes, he does need to fast. The main part of the Mitzvah is partaking of the meal. As a matter of fact, one could even eat of the meal and be a part of the Mitzvah without having heard the Siyum part. Source: The announcement made by the Rav of the Shul I go to every year for the Siyum.


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The minhag is kept by Yehudei Ashkenaz and Yehudei Polin. In the Siddur Sfas Yisroel (the siddur of Minhag Ashkenaz), it says that on Yom Kippur Koton, people should fast but that even if you don't fast you still say the selichos at Minchoh. The same is said in the Machzor Polin MiKol HaShanah. Also, it says if you fast, then you put on tallis and tefillin ...


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Dailyhalacha.com says as follows. The Agudah says it is permitted as saliva not a food that is consumed. Others say it is not even considered food. Chasam Sofer differentiates between the evening and the morning. At night, you should not swallow saliva, as the saliva still has the flavor of the food that one ate at the Seuda HaMafsekes. However by day, he ...


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In addition to the standard answer provided by user4523, I heard an explanation that the custom dates to the time of the Temple, when everyone would visit to bring the pesach-offering. The firstborns would observe the Kohamin serve in the Temple, and realize that if not for the sin of the Golden Calf, it would be the firstborns doing the service. Thus the ...


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What everyone else is saying is mostly true, but there is another reason besides for tisha b'av's potential to be a yom tov, and that is because slichos is asking for forgiveness which every other fast day is about, but tisha b'av is only about mourning, not teshuvah. So to sum it all up slichos isn't connected to the happiness of the day, rather the ...


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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/13540#.VbUGMflVhBc I found this answer. It basically says that since this day of mourning is so great, it is as if the "gates of prayer have been closed".


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My strategy, which has worked well for me in the past, is to drink 6 (six) liter-size bottles of Glaceau SmartWater on the day before the fast. The reason SmartWater works (much) better than water is that it contains electrolytes to replace those that would otherwise be flushed out of your body by drinking tons of water. Your body needs to have them, or ...



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