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What are the fasts of the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th months?

These fasts are counting from Nisan as the first month (the Jewish religious calendar). The fast of the 4th month is 17 Tammuz. The fast of the 5th month is 9 Av. Here, the fast of the 7th month is ...
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Why do we leyn before mincha but after shacharis?

This question was asked on kipa.co.il. The answer given by R. Ronen Lebovitz was: וזאת משום שבשחרית יש לסמוך את קריאת שמע לעמידה, ולכן קריאת התורה באה רק לאחר העמידה. טעם נוסף הוא שהתפילות תוקנו ...
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Who is "the author of the Shulchan Aruch" in this teshuvah of Rashbash?

The Machon Yerushalayim edition of the teshuvos, which is available on Otzar Chochmah, has a footnote that asks your question and suggests "the author of the Shulchan Aruch" was added by mistake at ...
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Chatam Sofer on Tenth of Tevet falling on the Shabbat

I just wrote about this topic for a devar Torah, which can be read here. In my Mafteach for Derashos Chasam Sofer they show that the Chasam Sofer addresses this Abudraham almost a dozen times in that ...
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Did the Jewish soldiers fast before war?

As it turns out, I think my father-in-law found the answer in שולחן ערוך אֹרח חיים, תקע״א (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, Taf Kuf Ayin Aleph) עִיר שֶׁהִקִּיפוּהָ עַכּוּ''ם, וְכֵן יָחִיד הַנִּרְדָּף ...
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Why is fasting not permitted in the first 12 day of Sivan?

R Eli Mansour explains here During the times of the Beth Hamikdash, those who were unable to bring their sacrifices on the day of Shavuot itself – which in Israel is celebrated only on the ...
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What happens if an individual accidentally says Aneinu before Re'eh instead of during Shema Koleinu?

The Kaf HaChaim writes here that you fulfilled your obligation if you accidentally says it as a stand-alone Beracha before Re'eh. Therefore: 1 - You do not say it again in Shema Koleinu. 2 - It was ...
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Looking for Ibn Ezra Riddle

I found the riddle written here, here and here (and mentioned in a couple of other places where it seems to have been written by memory and may not necessarily be the correct order of the riddle), but ...
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Should a child wash his hands before eating on Yom Kippur?

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 613:1) stresses that only bathing/washing for pleasure is prohibited on Yom Kippur. Elsewhere (Kesef Mishneh, Laws of Prayer 7:8) he quotes the Ran (R. Nissim) who states that ...
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Is eating with a peg allowed on a fast day

The Falk-Shlesinger Institute for Medical Research according to Torah associated with Shaarei Tzedek hospital has a long article on artificial feeding on Yom Kippur. It asks three questions, one of ...
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Why did Rebbe want to get rid of Tishah b’Av Nidcheh?

1 - The Or Sameach תענית ה/ו writes that according to the Avodraham that fasting on Shabbos is only forbidden mi'd'oraisa if it's for the full 24 hours, there is an answer to your question, about the ...
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is it permitted to swallow spit on a fast day?

See Magen Avraham, OC 567:8: כ' האגודה פ"י דיומא מותר לבלוע הרוק ביה"כ ובב"ח סי' תרי"ב משמע קצת דלדידן דקי"ל דאפי' אוכלין שאין ראוים לאכילה אסור לכתחלה גם הרוק אסור לבלוע ול&...
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Talmudic concept of a sensitive individual--"istus?"

I am not aware of an istus but there a closely related concept word: an istenis is indeed a delicate person. It appears in a number of different contexts in the Talmud, for instance someone who is ...
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Must one fast if her stomach hurts?

On 17 Tammuz, like on Tzom Gedalyia and 10 Tevet, the law is that One who is ill, even if his life is not in danger, should not fast (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 121:9) adds the Mishna Brura (550:4) ...
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Why is the torah reading for minor fast days different by just one verse from when that reading occurs in the regular cycle?

R. Eliyahu Katz has a responsum where he was asked precisely (well not precisely) this question! The basic idea is that on fast days we want to read the next verse because it is a consolation, and we ...
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What activities, other than eating and drinking, are forbidden on minor fast days?

Orach Chayyim 550:2 states: צומות הללו, חוץ מתשעה באב, מותרים ברחיצה וסיכה ונעילת הסנדל ותשמיש המטה.‏ On these fasts, except Tish'ah B'Av, one may wash oneself, anoint oneself, wear shoes, and have ...
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Is listening to Music on the fast of Asarah BeTevet permitted?

In the Shulchan Aruch it does not say that music is prohibited on the 10th of Tevet, however the Mishnah Berurah (550:6) writes that a person who can (and is a ba’al nefesh) should preferably accept ...
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Can women pray when on their period?

In general, the state of being a menstruant does not place limitations on religious obligations. My understanding was in line with this statement: " When she is niddah a woman must continue to do all ...
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Placement of Aneinu on the day of a fast

Peninei Halachah brings a citation from the Rama 565:3 that we consider that an individual might be forced to break the fast before having fasted most of the day. Once he has fasted until mincha, then ...
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Why isn't Ta'anit Esther on Friday?

The Meiri, in defending the custom of Provence to fast on Friday 12 Adar against the claims of the students of the Ramban who fasted on Thursday 11 Adar, notes the claims of the students of the Ramban ...
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Regretting intentionally breaking a fast

O.C 568:1 נדר להתענות יום זה ושכח ואכל משלים תעניתו והוא הדין אם היה תענית חלום או שהיה תענית צבור או שהיה יום ידוע לו להתענות כיום שמת בו אביו או רבו One who vowed to fast for a day, but forgot and ...
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Why not start BaHaB on Iyar / Marcheshvan 3?

The לוח דבר בעיתו explains (regarding Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5769) that the reason we don't announce בה"ב on Rosh Chodesh is that: אין מברכים את המתענים בה"ב בחדש ניסן או בשבת ר"ח, השבת הקרובה, כמו ...
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Day of Yosef’s Sale

As far as I can tell, you didn't see it in a traditional "Midrash", since I've researched it pretty seriously and haven't come up with anything. However, in a fairly recent "Midrash&...
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Is it permissible to learn Hilchot Teshuva on Tisha Beav?

Not only is it permissible, but it is correct to do so according to the Meiri (Moed Katan 21a- Aveilus) . The Meiri explains that learning things that arouses one to do teshuva is a good thing. See ...
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Is there a source for Pidyon Haben seuda equivalent to 84 fasts?

This idea is quoted by the Sdei Chemed (Mareches Samech, Klal 54) who relates of an incident where he declined an invitation to a pidyon haben in Jerusalem in the year 5659. In response, he was told ...
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Why was Yom HaShoah not established as a fast day?

This is because Yom HaShoah is held on the 27th of Nissan, and it is halachically forbidden to establish a fast during the month of Nissan. (the fast of the firstborn does not fall under this ...
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Listerine strips on Yom Kippur and Pesach

I was just recently asked this shaila, so I told the shoel to contact Rav Shachter directly. Here's what happened: "After trying a few times I finally got through. He was very nice and patient! ...
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Headache remedy on a fast day?

The Toronto Kollel has developed a sustained-timed release caffeine capsule which is taken before the ta'anis and begins to release 8 to 10 hours later. It has been available for many years and ...
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Chewing gum on a fast?

Regular or flavored chewing gum is forbidden according to all sources I found but there are some permitting sugar-free flavorless gum which is apparently considered as a non-food then. Many poskim ...
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