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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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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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Not all sages say that the Shabbat is a feast. Rabbi Yosé ben Zimra went so far as to declare that Jews who fasted on Shabbat were assured of the cancellation of any negative decrees that had been issued against them by the heavenly court.(Brachot 31b) Some of the sages say that the reason we gather extra manna before shabbat is because we should eat ...


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Shemot 12:16 says the following: YLT Ex 12:16 'And in the first day is a holy convocation, and in the seventh day ye have a holy convocation; any work is not done in them, only that which is eaten by any person--it alone is done by you, Preparing food is not considered work as the verse clearly states. It says "soul" so it means both people and animals. ...


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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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