On Mekor Judaica's website, I see a Sephardic siddur for sale, for the שש תעניות, the six fast days.

I was only aware of 5 fast days:

  • Ta'anit Esther
  • Tzom Gedaliah
  • 10th of Tevet
  • 17th of Tammuz
  • Tisha B'av

What's the sixth? What does this siddur have that's special for this sixth fast day?

"Seder Shesh Ta'aniyot"

Collection of

Six Fasts

New and complete

Missing nothing


Fast of speech

Exegeses of the Sages on the Destruction of the First and Second Temples
Midrash Eicha and exegesis on the coming of the Messiah

A publication of Bakal. Jerusalem 5755

  • Here's an example of Chamesh Taaniyot (5 fasts) like I would have expected.
    – Chanoch
    Jul 28, 2011 at 19:42
  • I would guess it's Behab
    – b a
    Aug 28, 2012 at 1:41
  • Since this is Sephardic Sefer, I think some Sephardim fast Zayin Adar.
    – user4751
    Jun 4, 2018 at 17:46

3 Answers 3


Perhaps it includes the Fast of the Firstborn. Contemporary practice is to override it, so I don't know if there's any liturgy for it, but maybe at some time in some communities, it was/is observed as a fast, with its own liturgy.

Or maybe the sixth fast is the non-calendar-fixed "Ta'anit Dibbur," which the front cover says is included.

  • 2
    +1 That seems to be exactly what the cover indicates, anticipating this question.
    – WAF
    Jul 28, 2011 at 20:07
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    Liturgy for a Taanit Dibbur sounds rather parodoxical...
    – Double AA
    Sep 25, 2011 at 3:02

Perhaps it includes Yom Kippur


There are 6 fast days that every Jew must keep - Tzom Gedaliah, Yom Kippur, Asarah B'Teves, Ta'anis Esther, Shivah Asar B'Tammuz and Tishah B'Av. End of story.

  • 1
    And you propose that the book included full liturgy for Yom Kippur? Also who said these are all fasts that every Jew must keep?
    – Double AA
    Aug 18, 2013 at 15:56
  • 5
    How is this different from Gershon's answer?
    – Double AA
    Aug 18, 2013 at 15:59
  • 1
    Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I'm so used to Yom Kippur getting its own book that it wouldn't have occurred to me to add it to a different siddur. Aug 18, 2013 at 17:12

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