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Old 07-15-2014, 06:16 PM
 
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So we're in the final hours of the fast for shiva aser b'tammuz. Looooong fast. Hope you all got your haircuts in before today. Three weeks till the next chance.

Say, do Reform and Conservative women fast today? Do they refrain from shaving the next three weeks, too?
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:48 PM
 
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Sun up to sun down is not a loooong fast. And fwiw it's a Ashkenazic created custom that is opposite to what is stated in the Tanakh.

Zechariah Chapter 8:19
The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful seasons; therefore love ye truth and peace.

It was created around the 6th century from folklore in the Kohelet Rabbah. So for the next three weeks don't forget to refrain from listening to music, public entertainment and making sure no one has a wedding.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:10 PM
 
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I'm not able to eat past about 10pm the night before or I end up feeling nauseous the entire fast. This fast has the latest ending time of the 7 fasts a year we Jews keep. With the heat, I find this fast as tough or tougher than Tish B'Av.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:47 PM
 
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It could be worse. We could be Muslims and have to do it for a month.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:36 AM
 
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It could be worse. We could be Muslims and have to do it for a month.
Or it could be even worse. We could be Jewish and not fasting!

Actually, in the kiruv world. They tend to hold back info like this from early BT's. Seven fasts a year doesn't exactly "sell" our religion to those placing their religious toes in the water for the first time.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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They say fasting is good for you.
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:34 PM
 
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Say, do Reform and Conservative women fast today? Do they refrain from shaving the next three weeks, too?
I doubt many do. The Conservative responsa on the issue is here. Not sure if Reform even bothered.
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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I grew up in a crazy liberal reform shul, and even they refused to officiate marriages during the three weeks. I find that wild. They ate all the treif food they wanted, broke every Shabbos Halacha they could, never even heard of taharas hamishpakas, and yet they recognized some of the observances of the three weeks.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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"taharas hamishpakas" is not a phrase in any language: Yiddish, Hebrew, English, or otherwise. Please explain to us dumb non-Torah Jews what a "mishpakas" is.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:04 PM
 
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"taharas hamishpakas" is not a phrase in any language: Yiddish, Hebrew, English, or otherwise. Please explain to us dumb non-Torah Jews what a "mishpakas" is.
Try "Taharas Hamishpacha".

Mikvah.org - Taharas Hamishpacha - Inner Meanings
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