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:

  1. How does fasting alone merit a recovery?
  2. Is this act dependent on one accepting the fast the previously, or if one finds out in the morning, should he continue to fast?
  3. 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?
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    My first question is... Did R. Chaim Kanievsky really say that? The stories that are going around these days are getting insane. Apparently now, people are also offering "years of their lives" – avi Feb 16 '12 at 14:53
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    @avi, yeah, that's why I carefully worded "in the name of". This one seems a little more authentic as it is showing up in chareidi papers and (we hope) it would have been authenticated. – YDK Feb 16 '12 at 15:31
  • @avi: okay, then, the concept goes back to the time when that midrash was written. – Alex Feb 16 '12 at 15:46
  • @DoubleAA, at least part of my question is based on #4. i can understand fasting being a compliment or enhancing prayer/learning, but the bakasha merely mentions fasting. I can't help but to think that the bakasha presumes that the target community is already learning full time. – YDK Feb 16 '12 at 17:51

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