Fast of Purim

March 9, 2017 at 11:49 pm 1 comment

Less than 2 hours to go….

I started this fast some 11 or so hours ago at sun-up.

This is a fast that is in memory of Esther of the Bible. Purim is a Rabbinical holiday that is based on her story in the Tanak (Old Testament). She (and Israel) fasted 3 days before implementing her plan to save her people.

It’s going pretty good, actually.

I can honestly say that I haven’t had anything since this morning. OK, Ok, I did take a little too long finishing my coffee. I guess I need to explain. On a day-fast fast, if you get up early enough, you can eat and drink before the sun comes up. In Judaism, there are four fast days: Tammuz 17, Av 9, Tishri 3, and Tevet 10. The entire Talmud tractate of Taanit contains the details of these fasts. The Tanach records these fasts as though they were contained in the written Torah:

 Zechariah 7:2-5 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat HaShem By asking the priests of the house of G-d Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?” Then the word of HaShem Almighty came to me: “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?

This is quote from Rabbi Dr. Hillel

I think that Yom Kippur is the only Sundown to Sundown fast we have. It’s kind of funny that nowhere is it written to fast on these days. It all comes from Oral Law. Oral Law is the part that a lot of people get a big stumbling block. I  consider that it makes perfect sense that there be an Oral and a Written Torah. Here’s a good article R. Hillel has about it.

My morning and afternoon prayers were very good. The were some additions especially for this occasion in the Amidahs. The Amidahs are the silent prayers we say during the other prayers.

Along with fasting food and drink, I try to limit myself on secular entertainment and such.

I also like to study Torah and listen to teachings.

So, it’s about and hour till sundown and Giberet Chaggit has started the beans and rice.  I will be ready

Erev Shabbat is tomorrow night and Purim is Sunday.

Shalom U’brachot

Adon Aviner ben Abraham

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Gary Smith  |  March 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Well, I woke up with a headache this morning. Chaggit says we’re not as healthy as they were. more later …

    Reply

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