More than one Israeli has told me that women in Israel don't fast. More specifically, that a large percentage of otherwise observant (healthy, non-pregnant, non-nursing) Jewish women in Israel do not fast on the Jewish public fasts (with the exception of 9 Av and Yom Kipur, when they do fast). Note that this was said about women only: observant men do fast.
- To the extent to which it's true, why is it true? Why don't the women fast?
- What excuse do they have? I mean, halacha seems to require fasting. What limud z'chus is there?