I am aware that according to the Avudraham, the fast commemorates the war in the Purim story.

According to this answer, why is Taanis Esther unique that we fast in memory of the war, when there are so many wars in our history that we do not fast over?

  • If I read the Megillah correctly, the fast of Esther occurred almost immediately after Mordechai showed Esther the document that declared Haman's plans to destroy the Jews almost a year later. The fast extended into Pesach. Isn't that what our current fast is commemorating? If not, what became of the focus / purpose of the fast?
    – DanF
    Mar 10, 2017 at 1:59
  • @DanF Again, for why we fast, see the linked answer. I'm asking specifically on this particular reason cited there.
    – DonielF
    Mar 10, 2017 at 2:13
  • @Efraim Again. I am asking based off of an answer to that question. I really didn't think this was that complicated.
    – DonielF
    Mar 10, 2017 at 3:00
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    The most comprehensive analysis of Ta'anis Esther was done by Mitchell First. He published a paper which can be found here (which can be read for free but is pay-blocked to download): jstor.org/stable/40982835?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents. The paper has been summarized very well by the author himself here: seforim.blogspot.com/2011/03/origin-of-taanit-esther.html . And is available to buy as part of a book he published: amazon.com/Esther-Unmasked-Solving-Mysteries-Holidays/dp/… Mar 10, 2017 at 3:00
  • @mevaqesh That better?
    – DonielF
    Mar 10, 2017 at 3:06

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Rav Jachter explains, "The Amoraim (according to Rabbeinu Tam) or the Geonim (according to Rashi) instituted Taanit Esther as a fast just like all other fasts." There have certainly been many fast-worthy wars we have endured throughout our history, but we would need Chazal to institute one.

(See Rav Ari Enkin's alternative answers as to why we fast which would avoid the question altogether.)

  • I'm asking specifically according to the answer that it's to commemorate the war. This doesn't answer my question.
    – DonielF
    Mar 10, 2017 at 1:41
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    @DonielF If you want to ask according to only one opinion make sure to edit your question to reflect this. (It appears that that opinion is likely wrong, so it will preclude good answer, but that is your problem). It is unfair to downvote an answer for quoting sources you disagree with, unless you clarify that only sources sharing your preconception are acceptable.
    – mevaqesh
    Mar 10, 2017 at 2:49

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