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Old 03-23-2016, 07:38 AM
 
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Please share any good Purim thoughts you hear this week.

I'll start with a question. Today being one of the 7 fasts Observant Jews do during the year (Fast of Esther), can somebody name the 2 of the 7 fasts that do not commemorate a tragedy?
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Old 03-23-2016, 06:33 PM
 
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While you're thinking of the answer to that question above, I'll give you another to ponder:

Why do we say "Sim Shalom" in Mincha on a fast day instead of "Shalom Rav?"
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:25 PM
 
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i don't know the answers but am looking forward to hearing them
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:21 PM
 
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While you're thinking of the answer to that question above, I'll give you another to ponder:

Why do we say "Sim Shalom" in Mincha on a fast day instead of "Shalom Rav?"
Why don't you know this is only true for people that are Ashkenazic?
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:04 PM
 
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Why don't you know this is only true for people that are Ashkenazic?
You should be a Rabbi....
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Old 03-24-2016, 01:48 AM
 
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Please share any good Purim thoughts you hear this week.

I'll start with a question. Today being one of the 7 fasts Observant Jews do during the year (Fast of Esther), can somebody name the 2 of the 7 fasts that do not commemorate a tragedy?
Here are the seven, why don't you tell people what they commemorate:
Ta'anit Bechorim
Tzom Tammuz
Tisha B'av
Tzom Gedaliah
Yom Kippur
Asarah B'Tevet
Ta'anit Esther

And for extra credit, here are three more for you to explain:
Ta'anit Tzaddikim
Ta'anit Tzibur
Ta'anit Yachid

And thus for extra extra credit, are there 10 rather than 7 fasts?

And for extra extra extra credit, how many fasts are listed at the end of Megillat Ta'anit and what are they?
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:12 AM
 
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Hag Purim Samech!
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:36 AM
 
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The communal fast days often mark national tragedy, but were historically, also instituted for more local reasons, like the need for rain. I have always wondered why a relatively local fast like Esther caught on as normative.
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:15 AM
 
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The communal fast days often mark national tragedy, but were historically, also instituted for more local reasons, like the need for rain. I have always wondered why a relatively local fast like Esther caught on as normative.
Let's take that query one step further: Why aren't we doing a 3 day fast like the one in the story?
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:39 AM
 
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Please share any good Purim thoughts you hear this week.

I'll start with a question. Today being one of the 7 fasts Observant Jews do during the year (Fast of Esther), can somebody name the 2 of the 7 fasts that do not commemorate a tragedy?
Ok, I'll get it moving here. Ta'anis Esther and .... Yom Kippur. Clearly a connection between the holidays, too as we have Purim, and Yom HaKippurim (a day like Purim). Some meforshim say that Purim is the holiest day of the year.

Yom Kippur is a day (and a fast) of great celebration, as it commemorates the giving of the (2nd) luchos. The fast of Esther commemorates the great miracle of Purim - winning the battle with Amalek.
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